If you are admitted to the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and have questions about your illness, or are worried about yourself or a family member back at home, you can talk to a member of the Katharine House Hospice hospital palliative care team. The team of two specialist doctors and a clinical nurse specialist work alongside hospital teams in an advisory capacity and are available Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm. They have access to palliative care advice at all times if they need it.

Partnership with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH)

On 1 April 2021 our partnership with the OUH came into force. This means that the management of our clinical services has now been transferred to the Trust. Read more on our What we do page.

How the hospital palliative care team look after you

Whether you need further support with emotional or practical matters, or help with physical symptoms to make you as comfortable as possible, the team will talk through any concerns you might have. They can also talk to other professionals who are involved in your care, such as the hospital medical team, your GP or district nurse.

One of the hospital palliative care team can visit you while you are in hospital and talk to you about how your illness is affecting you physically and emotionally and to help you make decisions with regard to your care in the future. If you would like, they can also talk to your family members and carers to see how we can support you further.

Often the team will continue to be involved in some way after your discharge from hospital, and you may be referred to the Katharine House community team at the hospice for ongoing support at home. They will help you identify the ongoing treatment and care options available to you and, together with the hospital team looking after you, will help you decide what would be most helpful to you and your family.

If you think you need further support from the hospital palliative care team, you can contact them at the Horton Hospital on 01295 224195 (Monday to Friday), or contact the Weekend and Bank Holiday Advisory Service at Katharine House on 01295 811866. An answer machine is available to take your message in case staff are out on the wards when you call. The hospital switchboards can contact the specialist nurses if it is urgent.

Katharine House Hospice