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Katharine House Hospice partnership with OUH confirmed


A proposed partnership between Katharine House Hospice and OUH has been formally approved and confirmed.

The hospice, which is based in Adderbury in north Oxfordshire, was formed almost 30 years ago and now supports more than 900 families every year.

The partnership – plans for which were announced in November last year – will see the hospice's clinical services transfer to be under the management of OUH with effect from Thursday 1 April.

The OUH Trust Board and Katharine House Hospice's Board of Trustees approved plans for the partnership following a period of due diligence and legal agreements have been signed.

Angharad Orchard, Chief Executive of Katharine House Hospice, said: "I am delighted that we are able to progress this partnership for the community we serve because it protects the outstanding care that the hospice provides for our patients, their families and future generations.

"By working in partnership with OUH, our hospice services that people living with a life-limiting illness rely upon, will be strengthened for the long-term, creating a positive impact on future end of life care needs."

Jason Dorsett, OUH Chief Finance Officer and Executive Director lead at OUH for the new partnership with Katharine House Hospice, says: "We are delighted to be working together in what is a new era of collaboration. The patients and the staff who care for them will benefit directly from this partnership, which ultimately means the best possible care for patients in Oxfordshire and beyond."