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If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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Carers' information

A carer is someone of any age who looks after a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who has an illness, disability, frailty or addiction.

Are you a carer?

The help carers provide is not paid for as part of their employment. The care may be personal, emotional or supervisory. They may or may not live with the person for whom they care.

The link below will take you to the Carers Oxfordshire website for more information:

Carers Oxfordshire -

Support for carers

Do you look after someone? Action for Carers Oxfordshire listens to carers and provides information and advice. It also aims to help carers get the support they may need.

Support for carers of current patients

If the person you care for, or may need to start caring for, is a current (or recent) patient at Oxford University Hospitals, please speak to a member of staff about your role. If you would like some advice or support, the member of staff can put you in touch with the dedicated OUH Carer Advisor (employed by Action for Carers, Oxfordshire).

Support for young carers

Be Free Young Carers (BE FREE YC) is a charity that operates across Southern Oxfordshire. The service supports children between the ages of 8 and 18 who care for family members. They offer support and advice dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of young carers.

BE FREE YC - Supporting Young Carers in Oxfordshire

Tel: 01235 838554
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Carers UK

Carers UK is a non-profit organisation covering England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Commitment to Carers

Carers Week

Oxfordshire's Commitment to Carers was officially launched during Carers Week 2018 (11-17 June) following more than two years of partnership working between carers and health and social care organisations in the county.

Oxfordshire's Commitment to Carers (pdf, 197 KB)

Organisations which have signed up to the Commitment include:

  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Oxfordshire County Council

together with Action for Carers Oxfordshire including Carers Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Young Carers Service.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at the Trust, launched the new Oxfordshire Commitment to Carers at an event on 12 June 2018.

By signing up to the Commitment, each organisation is declaring that it will recognise, value, support, and listen to carers. If you feel that we are not meeting this commitment, please email to tell us about your experience.

Carers' Health MOTs

The Here for Health Improvement Advice Centre is a service available for OUH staff, patients and visitors, to access support with healthy living and health behaviour change.

The advisors have teamed up with Kay Francis (details given above) to specifically promote the use of the service by informal carers.

Carers can drop in at a time convenient for them, no appointment necessary, and support is available on a wide range of topics:

  • Eating more healthily
  • Becoming more active
  • Giving up smoking
  • Weight management
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Emotional wellbeing

The service can also refer/signpost to relevant community services for ongoing support.

For further information please contact:

Dementia Information Café

April 2020 - COVID-19 update

We are currently unable to run our Dementia Information Café, but will update this page when the situation changes.

For more information about the Dementia Information Café please contact:

'Twiddle muffs' wanted

'Twiddle muffs' are needed for hospital patients with dementia.

Would you be interested in knitting a 'twiddle muff' for one of our patients? Find out more from our fact sheet.

Dementia Care - Twiddle Muff Fact Sheet (pdf, 98 KB)

Staying in hospital

Please use the link below to access information about staying in hospital.

Staying in hospital