The Katharine House Hospice inpatient area has ten beds, arranged in two spacious four-bedded bays (men and women have separate accommodation), and four family rooms, which each have an extra bed for a family member to stay if they would like and their own private bathrooms. Although it’s not always possible, the team will offer you a choice of bed if they can.

People come into the inpatient unit for a variety of reasons and will have been referred to us by their GP. You might:

  • have physical symptoms that have been difficult to control, such as pain, nausea or breathlessness. The clinical team might make changes to your medication to help manage this and the effects can be closely monitored while you are on the ward.
  • need emotional or spiritual support, and the team will advise, support and help you manage these.
  • come to the hospice for end-of-life care if you would prefer not to die at home. The staff will provide supportive care that is sensitive to the needs of you and your loved ones.

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 hospice cares for you

When you stay at Katharine House, the staff will always work to ensure that your individual needs are addressed.We know that many people are worried about visiting Katharine House for the first time because they don't know what to expect or have preconceptions about what a hospice is like.

The professional team, led by consultants in palliative medicine and specialist nurses, will support you with whatever problems or worries you may have. You can involve your family in discussions and decisions about your care, if you would like, and your family will be supported throughout.

Katharine House Hospice