St Richard’s Christmas wish

3rd December 2015

Our goal at St Richard’s is to make each day in our patients’ lives a good day. Free of pain, in comfort and in peace.

Our Christmas wish is to be able to provide the very highest level of care and support to as many families in Worcestershire that need us, each and every day.

As we all prepare our homes for Christmas, a time of sharing happy moments with our loved ones, here at the hospice we are also getting ready for our festive celebrations.

We do our best to make the hospice as homely and inviting as we can for those that will be with us during this special time of year. Each year Webbs Garden Centre kindly donates Christmas trees, which we deck with tinsel and baubles, to decorate our In-patient Unit, Day Hospice and Snowdrop Centre.

On Christmas Day itself the hospice will be full of people; patients, families, staff and volunteers – someone will dress up as Father Christmas and distribute gifts to patients. Our kitchen staff will cook a delicious Christmas meal and anyone who wants to join in can sit down together.

We are able to offer specialist support and compassionate care to patients and their loved ones at this special time and throughout the year thanks to the dedicated support of the community. We would be very grateful for donations towards our care this Christmas.

We know that for many of our patients and their families, this will be the last Christmas they will have together and we all feel honoured to be able to give them the gift of time – time to open presents, time for a meal together, time for sharing stories and laughter.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.