Hospice and palliative care concentrates on the person, their past, present and future, as well as their symptoms.
We combine the best available medical and nursing care with emotional support and care of the spirit. We listen to what is important to every patient, their family and friends, what really matters when time is precious.
Our team consists of highly trained doctors and nurses and a range of other professionals including our supportive care team, chaplain, complementary therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and catering team. Everyone works together with a huge band of volunteers to ensure the best experience possible for patients and those close to them.
We care for patients with a wide range of life threatening illnesses – cancer, heart disease, lung disease and neurological illness.
Our free care is provided to all who need it regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background.
Care is given in our Inpatient Unit and The Spring Centre which includes outpatient clinics and carer groups. Our care is also available beyond the Hospice building, in the home, in local hospitals and nursing homes.
Our catchment area extends from Amersham, Chesham and the Chalfonts to Tring, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Harpenden and surrounding villages.
Research at the Hospice of St Francis
We are delighted to announce that The Hospice of St Francis has been accepted as a site for the multi-centre STOIC study (Study of Opioid Induced Constipation) This study aims to assess how common constipation is in patients who are taking strong painkillers (eg codeine, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl) for cancer related pain, to look at the impact of this symptom and to investigate different ways of managing the problem.
We are looking to recruit 50 patients who have cancer and who are taking strong pain killers into the first part of the study and a number of these will be asked if they would like to participate in the second part of the study. The research team at the Hospice will be carrying out the assessments and sending them through to the Royal Surrey County Hospital who are leading this work.
If you are interested in taking part or would like any further information about the study, please contact Barbara Miller or Antonia Dean by email at Barbara.Miller@stfrancis.org.uk or Antonia.Dean@stfrancis.org.uk