General information for patients, their families and friends, and members of the public


Welcome. If you are reading this it is likely that either you, or someone close to you, is experiencing a life limiting illness and may have been referred to Sobell House Hospice. Alternatively it may have been discussed as a future option for you, a member of your family or a friend.  You will now want to know what to expect and within these pages, we will try to describe some of the services and resources within the hospice that are provided.  When you look at the services and resources we offer, details of how to make contact with us are given under each service so that you will always have access to further help and advice.

We recognise that coming to terms with having a life limiting illness, and what that means, can be difficult and distressing.  We know that everyone close to a patient is likely to be affected and the support we offer is aimed at helping you, if you are a patient, to experience the best possible quality of life during the final stages of your illness.  It will also be important to family and friends to understand what you will experience when you are with us and what support we can offer to them so that they can be involved in your care. 

The support and resources we offer to all those affected are delivered through a range of specialist palliative and end of life care services either within the hospice at Sobell House or as part of our community and hospital support teams.  These can include the treatment of physical symptoms but they also consider the emotional, psychological, spiritual and social needs of those who come to us as well as bereavement services to support family and friends.  All our services are provided free of charge to patients referred to us.



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Please click on the links below to find out more about the services we offer.


Care as a Hospice Inpatient

The Sobell House inpatient unit was purpose built in 2003.

Support at home by our community team

The Community Specialist Palliative Care Team work alongside GPs to support the well-being of patients who have a life-limiting illness.

Hospital Palliative Care Team

The Hospital Palliative Care Team is a group of specialist palliative care doctors, nurses and other professionals who provide a service within the John Radcliffe, Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospitals.

Lymphoedema Service

The Lymphoedema Clinic is based in the Renal Unit at the Churchill Hospital on the same site as Sobell House, and is open 9am to 5pm on weekdays. You can be referred to the clinic by your GP or any other doctor or nurse involved in your care.

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services

The Occupational Therapist (OTs) and Physiotherapist are part of the multi-professional team at Sobell House. We see patients in all areas of the palliative care service, working in partnership with patients and their families, aiming to enable people to remain as independent and fulfilled in their daily activities as possible.

Complementary Therapies

At Sobell House we believe in looking after the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Part of our commitment to this philosophy is that we offer a number of complementary therapies. “Complementary” means that they are used in conjunction with medical forms of treatment, not as an alternative.

Art & Music Therapy

Creative pursuits are an important part of the specialist services provided by Sobell House.

Spiritual Support

Sobell House welcomes everyone, regardless of their beliefs or faith, and encourages people to express their spirituality or practice their religion in their own way.

Social Care

Sobell House has its own dedicated social workers who work as part of the team providing support to patients on the inpatient ward and their families.

Support for Carers

If you have just started caring for someone, either because they have suddenly become ill or they have needed more care over time, Carers Direct can help you get support, information and advice to make your life a bit easier.

Attendance at our Day Centre

Your GP, or the Community Specialist Palliative Care Team, may suggest that our day services unit based at Sobell House might be beneficial to you.

Out Patient Clinics

Most people are invited to attend an outpatients clinic appointment with one of our palliative medicine doctors or a Sobell specialist nurse when they are first referred.

Bereavement Service

General Information for patients, their families and friends, and members of the public


We have a series of patient information leaflets about each part of our service which you may wish to download for patients.

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