How we care for you


Have you or someone you know recently been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness? We are here to help you.

The Hospice of St Francis is a charity which provides free care and support for patients, families and carers affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, offering medical care, practical advice and emotional support.

Every year we support over 2,000 patients and families in our 24/7 Inpatient Unit, at home, in care homes and hospitals, as well as through our outpatient Spring Centre and Family and Wellbeing services.

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Patient Care
We listen to what is important to each and every patient; providing care in our Inpatient Unit, at home, and in our Spring Centre.

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Family and Carers
When someone is diagnosed with a serious illness, family, friends and carers are affected. Our Supportive Care Team are here to help you.

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The Spring Centre
(Health and Wellbeing)

Our Spring Centre is a free health and wellbeing centre which can help you to live well if you are an adult with a serious life-limiting illness.

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Based in Berkhamsted, but helping people over a wide geographical area stretching across West Hertfordshire and South Buckinghamshire, the Hospice has been providing its specialist care for nearly 40 years.

Our care is available at no cost to a person who needs us, or their family, but we rely on the generosity of our local community to help us raise over £5 million annually to fund our free services. 

Throughout everything, our ethos has always been to provide exceptional care - an ambition recognised by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, who awarded The Hospice of St Francis an ‘Outstanding’ rating in 2016. 

The Hospice is also important on the national stage, contributing to the debate on End of Life Care and ensuring that the excellence of hospice-care can be replicated in other environments such as local hospitals, care and residential homes.


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