Here we provide you with contact information for hospice care in Oxfordshire and national charities, depending on your needs. For financial support, we signpost you at relevant places in our Financial support section, and for carers, similarly we signpost in Caring for someone with an incurable illness.

Hospice care in Oxfordshire

Katharine House Hospice (North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire)

Katharine House Hospice sits in beautiful gardens on the outskirts of Adderbury. The hospice is part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is jointly funded by the NHS and the Katharine House Charity.

The hospice provides specialist end-of-life and palliative care for more 800 people aged over 18 living with an incurable illness. Palliative care is provided at the hospice in an inpatient unit and Living Well services, at home in the community and in hospitals. There is also a bereavement service.

Tel: 01295 811866 (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm)

Sobell House  (Central and West Oxfordshire)

Sobell House is based on the Churchill Hospital site and is part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is jointly funded by the NHS and Sobell House Hospice Charity.

The hospice offers specialist palliative care to those facing life-threatening illness, death and bereavement in Oxfordshire. This encompasses physical, psychological, social and spiritual care and includes supporting their families and those close to them. Sobell House cares for around 3,000 patients and their families every year.

Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire 

Based in Wallingford, Sue Ryder supports people aged 18 and over who are living with an incurable illness such as cancer, heart failure or lung disease. They provide a hospice at home service, day hospice and care coordination and advice line.

Tel: 0330 053 6092 (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm)

Helen & Douglas House  children's hospice

Helen & Douglas House helps local families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby or child who will die prematurely. The hospice provides round-the-clock loving care in a comforting environment.

Tel: 01865 794749 (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm)

National charities

Alzheimer's Society 

A charity aimed at improving the lives of people living with dementia. It operates a national telephone helpline and Talking Point, an online community where you can get advice, share experiences and connect with others. 

  • National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122 (Mon–Wed, 9am–8pm; Thu and Fri, 9am–5pm; Sat and Sun, 10am–4pm)
  • If you have speech or hearing difficulties and have a textphone or an adapted computer, you can use Text Relay to call their helpline on: 18001 0300 222 1122

Cancer Research UK 

A charity working to fight cancer. It pioneers research and funds scientists, doctors and nurses to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Their helpline is staffed by nurses and provides information and support to the public.

Compassion in Dying 

National charity providing information and resources to help you talk about and plan for the end of life.

Dementia UK 

Provides specialist dementia support for families through the Admiral Nurse service.

  • Helpline: 0800 888 6678 (Mon–Fri, 9am–9pm; Sat and Sun, 9am–5pm)

Hospice UK 

The national charity for hospice care. Search its online directory  to find your local hospice.

Macmillan Cancer Support 

Practical, medical and financial support for people facing cancer. The charity provides training and funding for specialist Macmillan nurses, including palliative care nurses.

  • Helpline: 0808 808 0000 (Mon–Fri, 9am–8pm)
  • Share experiences, ask questions or find others who understand via the Online Community  .
  • Practical and emotional support at the end of life and through bereavement.

Marie Curie 

Care, information and support to people with a life-limiting illness, their carers and families. Visit the Marie Curie Community to find support from people like you.  

  • Support line team: 0800 090 2309 (Mon–Fri, 8am–6pm; Sat, 11am–5pm)

Parkinson’s UK 

National charity providing support for people with Parkinson’s and their carers. Join their online community on the Parkinson’s UK forum to talk to others about your experiences.

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