"The provision of excellent end of life care is an ever changing and challenging task."

August 2016 Message

I joined Sobell House in 2012 as the Deputy Matron and Operational Service Manager for Palliative Services. I work closely with the clinical lead for Palliative Services to ensure the Hospice delivers care of good quality to patients, that all the services run smoothly and are fit for purpose.

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
WHO (2011)


We are a specialist service and are involved with patients who have complex symptoms that need expertise.  We work very closely with local GP’s, district nurses and nursing homes that look after many patients recognised to be dying.  Each GP practice in Oxfordshire has a community specialist nurse linked to them. The majority are Sobell specialist nurses. Katharine House supports practices in the north of the county and Sue Ryder in the South East.  Many people would prefer to be at home when dying – the hospices aim to support this wish through collaborative work.

Sobell ward has 18 beds.  50% of patients admitted to the hospice will be discharged when well enough though 50% of patients will remain for end of life care. Once we have addressed the issues which led to the need for admission staff have conversations about how to support care from this point onward whether that is at home with extra support or in a nursing home. Our social workers are excellent at liaising with patients and their families to support their preference and provide the best solution possible.  Sobell House Hospice Charity plan to build an extension to the ward to help update the facilities and improve care. The new space will have room for 6 beds that are close together and easy to observe. This will improve the care of patients with delirium, dementia and frailty enabling close monitoring of patients whilst maintaining their dignity. We will also have the opportunity to add extra space for families to stay over and be close to their relatives.

There are many patients throughout the hospital Trust who have complex symptoms even if still having treatments. Many patients are dying within the trust. The hospice has a team of specialist nurses and doctors who work with the patients and the medical and nursing teams in charge of the patient’s care. Sobell House Hospice Charity are supporting a project to increase resource to this team with the aim of seeing more patients and families, educating staff throughout the hospital and increasing staff confidence and competence in caring for patients who are dying. 

These are just some of the services provided by the Hospice; others include day service, specialist social work, chaplaincy, art and music therapy, specialist occupational and physiotherapists, lymphedema specialists and a bereavement team. Staff and patients are supported by a host of volunteers to deliver care and support.  Our services are available across the county and not just for patients in hospital. If the situation stabilises, the specialist services may step back, however support is still available should things change.

Dying can be a distressing time for patients and their families. Our aim is that wherever a patient is being cared for when they are dying that they and their family receive care of good quality provided by staff that are confident and competent in providing this care and that families feel that they are involved and supported.  The Trust is committed to this aim throughout our hospitals. Sobell House Hospice Charity provides significant funding annually to support this aim.

The provision of excellent end of life care in an organisation as large as the OUH, an evolving NHS and in a diverse community is an ever changing and challenging task. What remains a constant is our commitment to patients and their families and carers.  This remains central to our philosophy and important to everyone in the Hospice. The Hospice is trusted to deliver care of good quality and receives positive feedback from patients, families and staff. We try to continually learn from feedback and improve the quality of care we deliver.

This journey at the end of a person’s life is central to everything that we do, central to what I do - it is what brings me to work every day, striving to provide the best experience possible, sometimes in difficult and challenging situations.  The future sometimes looks uncertain however what remains constant is the staff’s commitment to their patients, the OUH’s desire to deliver compassionate excellence throughout the Trust and the charitiy’s support to improve end of life care for the people of Oxfordshire.

Sharon Yates
Deputy Matron & Operational Services Manager
Sharon Yates

 

August 2016 Message


Extension Plans

Plans for the extension to Sobell House

Nurse and patient

Commitment to patients and their families and carers remains central to our philosophy

Occupational Therapy

Specialist physiotherapy

Wonderful Volunteers

Staff and patients are supported by a host of volunteers

Skydive!

Sobell House is supported by money raised by Sobell House Hospice Charity

Thursday 14th September 2017

Oxford Gospel Choir and Sobell House

Oxford Gospel Choir choose Sobell House!

Thursday 14th September 2017

Charity of the Year

Chapman, Robinson & Moore choose Sobell House!

Monday 4th September 2017

Daniel Hunt - Cycling Odyssey

3 months of cycling across 20 European countries

Monday 4th September 2017

FootSally Raises £1,480!

Back for the third year running. It just gets bigger and better every year. Brilliant!

Sunday 20th Aug 2017

Thank You Strollers!!!

What a night!!!

Friday 18th August 2017

Headington Shop now closed Mondays

Now open 9.30am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday

Sunday 27th August 2017

Annual FootSally Tournament

Charity FOOTSALLY Tournament is back for the third year running

Monday 17th July 2017

10 Mile Thames Walk

Family of Julie Jones raise money for Sobell House

Friday 7th July 2017

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Blenheim 7k Thank You!

Almost £4,000 raised!

Monday 19th June 2017
Thursday 15th June 2017

Generous Donation in Memory of Judy Phipps

£1,500 Donated to Sobell House

Thursday 15th June 2017

Witney Shop Closure

Friday 16th June

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Easy Ryder Cup

RAF Brize Norton raise £545 in memory of their colleague, Leigh

Friday 9th June 2017

SO Thame Now Open!

Looking great after the refit

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Oxfordshire Business Awards

Sobell House shortlisted as a finalist!

Monday 22nd May 2017

Waterstock Golf Club

An Amazing £1,000 Raised for Sobell House

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Boeing at Brize Norton Raise Money for Sobell

Almost $5,000 raised for Sobell House

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Figures for Women Third Birthday

£647.08 raised for Sobell House

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Irene Andrews - OVCA Awards Winner!

Winner of the Long Service Award

Tuesday 16th May 2017
Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Finders Keepers

Sobell House - Charity of the Year for 2017!

Sunday 23rd April 2017

London Marathon

THANK YOU!!!

Thursday 30th Mar 2017

On the Hoof Food

Supporting Sobell House!

Sobell House latest Warehouse venture in Bicester is now open

SO Bicester is now open!

Sobell House latest Warehouse venture in Bicester is now open

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Sobell House Film

A wonderful film made by the Abingdon School Film Unit all about Sobell & why we need your support

Monday 20th March 2017

Come4Tea

Tea drinkers unite and raise money for Sobell!

Wednesday 15th Mar 2017

RAF Falcons

Supporting Sobell House!

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Making Sobell Bigger!

We are pleased to introduce designs for the Garden Annex & Sobell Clinic!

Friday 10th Mar 2017

Oxford Castaways Auction

Amazing artworks up for auction - proceeds to Sobell House!

Friday 3rd March 2017

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Thursday 2nd Mar 2017

New Van in Didcot!

Ready to collect your large donations and furniture

Wednesday 1st Mar 2017

Radio 4 Today: Report on End of Life Care

With Baroness Finlay & Lesley Goodburn

Tuesday 28th Feb 2017

Witney Warehouse Opening Hours Extended

Now open 9.30am - 4pm, Mon - Fri

Tuesday 21st Feb 2017

Hospice UK Appeal

BBC appeal presented by Gethin Jones

Thursday 16th Feb 2017

OX Marks the Spot!

Have an OX postcode? We can collect your donated items for free.

Wednesday 15th Feb 2017

Oxford Mail: Families 'give something back'

Fundraising in memory of Peter Blackmore

Wednesday 15th Feb 2017

Valentine Thanks

Jennings and Watermeadow raised an amazing £185 for Sobell!

Friday 3rd Feb 2017

Anja Seymour Haircut Challenge

Raises over £1,000 for charity!

Monday 30th Jan 2017

Oxford Mail: Swimmers raise £4,000

19,200 lengths to raise money for Sobell!

Friday 18th August 2017

Online sign up now closed

Online sign up for tomorrow's Moonlight Stroll is now closed

Monday 23rd Jan 2017

Winter Walk

Thank you for braving the rain!

Thursday 19th Jan 2017

Bicester Warehouse Update

Closed. New warehouse opening soon!

Thursday 19th Jan 2017

Ward Administrator Volunteers Needed

To assist on our ward welcome desk

Tuesday 17th Jan 2017

Oxford Mail: Winter Walk

Best ever turnout as walkers braved the wind and rain for beautiful palace walk

Thursday 5th Jan 2017

Our First Ambassador!

Natalia Baeva will raise awareness about Sobell House in her community.

Caring today, tomorrow... and in the future

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