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Katharine House Hospice

This is information about clinical services at Katharine House Hospice. For fundraising, visit Katharine House Hospice Charity.

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

Partnership between Katharine House Hospice and OUH

Katharine House has 10 beds and over 30 years' experience caring for our communities.

As well as providing end of life care, we also offer support for symptom management and pain relief. But our care is not just about managing the physical symptoms of disease. We know that people need emotional and spiritual support too, so our professionals can help here. And we can help people to access the practical support they need too.

"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."

Our care is offered throughout the local community. While many of our patients come in to the hospice, we care for many more in their own homes, care homes or in the hospital.

Patient care

Inpatient services

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

Community services

Our community Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) specialise in palliative care in the community.

'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.

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.


September 2021 - COVID-19 update

We follow the 'Rule of One' - our inpatients can have one visitor, for one hour, once per day.

Ward staff will contact patients' loved ones to arrange visits in advance and book the visiting slot.

It is important to stay within your booked slot to help us maintain essential social distancing on our wards.

Please also see Visitor FAQs

Thank you so much for helping us to keep our patients and staff safe.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Exceptional circumstances

Some exceptional circumstances will require case-by-case assessment, for example:

  • patients at the end of their life
  • children
  • patients with learning disabilities
  • designated carers
  • patients who can't make decisions for themselves.

Please discuss with the ward manager or nurse in charge.

Contact us

For enquiries about the care of a patient, please email:

Katharine House Hospice
Aynho Rd
Banbury OX17 3NL

General enquiries

Tel: 01295 811866


24 hour advice

We have qualified nursing staff available on site for advice and support 24 hours a day.

If a doctor is needed for advice, they can be contacted by the ward during the day. Out of hours, the ward nurse will contact the on-call doctor to discuss the best way we can offer support.

Bereavement service

Administrator or Bereavement and Counselling Lead: 01295 811866



Oxford Centre for Education and Research in Palliative Care: Sobell House (OxCERPC)