Katharine House provides specialist palliative care for adults with life-limiting conditions across North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire.

Hospice care is for anyone over the age of 18 years who has an advanced life-limiting illness. At Katharine House, the care is delivered by a multi-professional team who have specialised in this field and take a holistic approach, considering physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

We also recognise the importance of those close to our patients. Family and friends are affected too and they may have lots of concerns and questions that we can answer and support.

How we care for you

We provide our care through a wide range of services.

Inpatient services

At the hospice, we have ten beds, arranged in two spacious four-bedded bays (men and women have separate accommodation). The care is led by consultants in palliative medicine and specialist nurses.

“In the last two days of his life and when his death was approaching fast, we were moved into a private room, including amazing views and room for the whole family. We had privacy but never felt alone day or night.” 

Community services 

Our community clinical nurse specialists specialise in palliative care in the community. Our hospice community services enhance the care already available in the community and not everyone needs to visit the hospice itself. Many people prefer to stay at home or in their usual place of residence during their illness and this is where our nurses can support you.

Living Well services

We offer a programme of support and activities designed to enhance the wellbeing of people affected by life-limiting illness. The service is run by a multi-professional team, including a nurse, healthcare assistant, chaplain, social worker, physiotherapist and lymphoedema specialist nurse. Living Well also provides carer support.

Hospital support 

Our team of two specialist doctors and a Clinical Nurse Specialist work alongside hospital teams in the Horton General Hospital. They provide support with physical, practical and emotional matters.

Bereavement support

We take referrals from family and friends following a bereavement. Our trained volunteer bereavement support workers will always try to meet your needs through a relationship that is built on trust.

"Thank you seems so inadequate after all you have done. From the moment she arrived she felt secure and what a privilege to spend her final time there. The gardens, care and kindness were what she needed. We all felt comfortable being at the hospice and your care extended to us all."

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. This brings a number of advantages.

  • We are able to protect the services that we provide to the community we serve.
  • We continue to be here when people need us most, providing care when it is required, where it is required, be that in the hospice, in the home or in the hospital.
  • We will remain at Katharine House, our home for the past 30 years, providing the highest standards of care.
  • Patients and families will notice no difference in how care is delivered, and will receive the care they currently have from our clinical team.
  • Our Living Well service will continue.

To find out more, please read our update on the partnership with OUH.

Fundraising is still vital

More than ever, we desperately need the help of our community to ensure our vital services continue. Our partnership with OUH means that we can continue to provide excellent clinical support for our patients. But we still need to provide more than 50% of the clinical staff costs, and desperately rely on the donations and the support of the community to fund all the other things that allow us to make every moment matter for our patients.

Without the support of the community, we couldn’t provide the physiotherapy or social work, the well-being relaxation classes, the specially made home cooked meals, the one-to-one social care, the bereavement support, the arts and crafts, the fun and laughter.

We couldn’t keep the heart of the hospice going without our wonderful network of supporters. We simply wouldn’t exist without the donations you give, the money you raise and the support you provide.

Please consider donating today.

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