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Hospice Care provided by St Raphael's to support our community

St Raphael's Hospice is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. Since April 1987, St Raphael's has offered Hospice care to people with life-limiting 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 interventions, as well as support to family and friends. The Hospice fully recognises and respects cultural, ethnic and religious differences and patients of all faiths or none, are welcome at St Raphael’s.

The multidisciplinary team do everything possible to relieve symptoms, sustain quality of life, support end of life care and care after death. Hospice care is tailored to the individuals needs.

Hospice Services include:

  • Specialist care provided by doctors and nurses
  • Care at home or in the Hospice
  • Out-patient clinics
  • Day therapy (Jubilee Centre) providing social and creative opportunities, as well as access to complementary therapies
  • Support for family/children/friends
  • Spiritual support
  • Counselling
  • Bereavement support

St Raphael's Hospice relies on charity fundraising, donations and legacies - and depends on the generosity of the local community to continue providing  high quality  care accessible to all who need it. 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 25% of these costs from Sutton and Merton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) but the rest must be raised from donations and fundraising activities.