Hospice nurse “flattered” by surprise award

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A NURSE who cares for patients at a city-based hospice has been awarded with a prestigious prize. Lydia Dyson, a Staff Nurse on the In-patient Unit (IPU) at St Richard’s Hospice, was presented with a Cavell Star Award for “going the extra mile” for her colleagues.

Cavell Star Awards are given to nurses, midwives, nursing associates and healthcare assistants who show exceptional care to patients, patients’ families, and colleagues.

Jamie Yeomans, IPU Manager, said: “Although the whole team deserves recognition for the dedication and commitment to St Richard’s, Lydia has really gone the extra mile recently to support her colleagues.

“She has played her part to ensure our patients continue to receive the outstanding care we’re renowned for, even through challenging times.”

Miss Dyson has been with the St Richard’s IPU team for nearly three years, following her time as a student nurse at the hospice.

“It was the loveliest surprise to be recognised as a Cavell Star winner,” said Miss Dyson.

“I was extremely flattered to be recognised for supporting my colleagues, but I cannot take all the credit. Every single member of the In-patient Unit is a star!

“Everyone goes above and beyond to support each other every day. We look after each other like family.

“I am constantly in awe of the kindness, compassion and dedication shown by my colleagues, I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such special people.”

The team on the hospice’s IPU provide 24-hour care tailored to each person’s needs. Patients and families are cared for by a team of health professionals, led by the Medical Director and IPU Manager.

To find out more about the hospice’s IPU, visit www.strichards.org.uk/our-care/care-in-the-hospice/the-in-patient-unit

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,100 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

It costs £8.75m to run the hospice (20/21 audited accounts), which includes patient care and all the necessary support services.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with the remainder funded by the NHS.

For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit www.strichards.org.uk


More information about St Richard’s Hospice

Who does St Richard’s Hospice care for?

St Richard’s cares for people with a serious progressive illness who have complex needs which cannot be met by other services. These include cancer, and neurological, respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions.

All its services are available to people registered with a South Worcestershire GP. The St Richard’s In-patient Unit cares for people across Worcestershire.

St Richard’s cares for people by:

  • early involvement in the course of a person’s illness alongside other therapies that are intended to prolong life
  • enabling people to manage their illness and remain independent for as long as possible
  • helping people to control their pain and other worrying symptoms
  • helping people with emotional, social, practical and spiritual issues
  • supporting families and carers before and through bereavement
  • working in partnership with other health care providers and organisations
  • encouraging wider understanding that death is a part of life
  • supporting the local community to be well informed about the care available to them
  • supporting the health and social care workforce through education to provide high-quality, individualised care.

 Where they care

St Richard’s offers free care and support for people in the hospice, in the community, in GP surgeries, at clinics or by telephone.

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