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Introduction

A safe and reassuring service that is free of charge to all of our community.

2017 will mark St Raphael's 30th Anniversary. Since April 1987, St Raphael's has offered the special skills of Hospice care to those facing life-threatening illness living in the boroughs of Merton and Sutton (predominantly Wimbledon, Merton, Sutton and Cheam). The service is completely free of charge, and provides high quality medical and nursing skills, as well as support to family and friends. St Raphael’s fully recognises and respects cultural, ethnic and religious differences and patients of all faiths or none, are welcome at St Raphael’s.

Medical, nursing and support staff do everything possible to relieve pain and sustain quality of life in an atmosphere of peace and comfort. In each case, Hospice care is tailored to the individuals needs. Services may include:

  • Skilled medical care provided by doctors and nurses
  • Care at home or in the Hospice/palliative care centre
  • A day centre providing social and creative opportunities, as well as treatments, sometimes including complementary therapies.
  • Support for friends, family and children
  • Spiritual support
  • Respite care to give carers a break
  • Counselling

St Raphael's Hospice relies very heavily on charity fundraising, donations and legacies - and depends on the generosity of the local community to continue providing a high quality of care. It costs about £115,000 a week to keep the Hospice running. More than 80% of income is spent on direct patient care, including medical and nursing salaries. We receive a grant of about 20% of those costs from Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust (the NHS) but the rest must be raised from donations and fundraising activities.