Katharine House provides specialist palliative care for adults with an incurable illness 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

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.”

You can find out more about Katharine House Hospice here.

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