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Our services

This page covers support in hospital, our hospices, 'Living well' and Bereavement. For community services please visit Community Palliative Care Team.

Support in hospital

Hospital Palliative Care Team

Our Hospital Palliative Care Team provides support to people facing life limiting illness in hospital.

Our team comprises specialist palliative care doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other professionals based on our hospital sites.

Our team provides this service within the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and Horton General Hospital, working alongside ward staff in an advisory capacity.

We can:

  • help with physical symptoms to diminish the distress these cause
  • offer emotional and practical support to patients and their loved ones
  • help patients and their loved ones make plans for the future
  • offer practical support and advice relating to illness
  • liaise with other health care professionals involved in care at home or from other centres
  • support discharge from hospital to the most appropriate place for ongoing care.


We welcome student nurse and medical student placements, and value the time we have to teach and share our experiences with our future workforce.

Contact us

Churchill Hospital / NOC: 01865 223585
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

John Radcliffe Hospital: 01865 221741
Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Horton General Hospital: 01295 224195
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm

Our hospices

Sobell House Hospice and Katharine House Hospice provide high quality palliative and end of life care for the people of Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire.

We provide this specialist care to those over the age of 18 who have an advanced life-limiting illness.

On both sites, care is delivered by a large multidisciplinary team of specialists in this field who take a holistic approach, considering the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of all individuals.

We want to reassure our patients that they are in safe hands, and receiving care from experienced, knowledgeable and sensitive people who will support them to achieve the help they need.

We want our patients to feel fulfilled and live life to the full for as long as possible.

Our team

  • Professor Bee Wee CBE
    Clinical Lead and Consultant
  • Lydia Pickard
    Deputy Matron
  • Christina Lovell
    Ward Siste, Sobell House Hospice
  • Helen Fletcher
    Ward Sister, Katharine House Hospice

Living Well and supportive care

This service aims to enhance the wellbeing of people affected by life-limiting illness, enabling them to live well, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to achieve their goals and giving them a sense of purpose.

We understand that everyone's needs are different, and 'wellbeing' means different things to different people.

We therefore offer a programme of varied support and activities within which everyone will find something right for them.

For more details please visit:

Living Well - Katharine House Hospice


Sobell House and Katharine House offer pre- and post-bereavement support and counselling following the loss of a loved one.

We provide holistic, person-centred support tailored to each person's individual experience of loss.

Please get in touch to request support:

Contact us - Sobell House

Contact us - Katharine House

Please also visit:

Bereavement Service