"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


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

Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

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Sainsbury's Charity of the Year

Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

BBC TV documentary

'How the NHS changed our world'


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Wednesday 6 Jun 2018

Radio 4 Today: Should dying be a right?

With MP Nick Boles & Prof Irene Higginson

Monday 11 Jun 2018

Golf Day Raises £15,000

A huge thank you to all involved!

Julie's Story

Last year Julie walked the Moonlight Stroll after her Mum Pam Cudd was cared for at Sobell House in 2016.…

What we achieved in 2017!

What we achieved in 2017

Jerrams Brothers Funeral Directors

A fantastic donation of £1,000

Tuesday 28th Feb 2017

Shops - Easter Opening Hours

Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday. Open Easter Saturday.

Monday 26 March 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Tuesday 28th Feb 2017

Witney Warehouse now open till 4pm!

Now open 9.30am - 4pm, Mon - Fri

Thank You to the Jayadevan Family

£1,500 raised for Sobell House!

Neil’s 3-Peaks Challenge

A fantastic £1,765 raised from an amazing and exhausting challenge

Oxford Fine Dining join The 40 Club

Supporting Sobell House

Fantastic Support from Bicester Village

Continuing our wonderful partnership

Magenta Storage Choose Sobell

Charity of the Year

Thank You Winter Walkers!

Over £4,000 raised!

Recruiting Now!

Sell lottery membership in aid of Sobell House

Botley Shop Closure

Our Botley shop closes as site redeveloped

Amazing OCDEM!

Raised a festive £500 for Sobell!

Monica, you are brilliant!!!

Monica had her head shaved and raised £1,200 for Sobell House

Marilyn Relf receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Hospice UK honours 35 year career

Oxford Gospel Choir

Raised £1,172 for Sobell!

G-SMATT Choose Sobell

Supporting us for 2018!

Brilliant Bethany brings Christmas Cheer

Thame shop supporter Bethany raises money and a smile with her Christmas jumper snaps!

Beth's Bursary Fund

To help achieve the best possible consistency in the quality of care.

Thursday 23rd November 2017

My Lovely Postcards

Thank you to the artists, bidders and all who supported the project!

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Thank You Firewalkers!

Scorching Support for Sobell

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Marriotts Choose Sobell House!

Charity of the Year

Friday 3rd November 2017

The Documentary: Before I Go

BBC World Service

Friday 7th July 2017

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Thursday 19th October 2017

Thame Art Window

A Striking Display

Thursday 19th October 2017

Crendon Crafters Quilt Raffle

An Amazing £443 raised!

The Bell at Chearsley

Thank you to the Chearsley Challengers!

Fundrasing challenge, Aunt Sally & collections

Thursday 19th October 2017

£30k for Team Sobell at Ox ½ Marathon!

Thank you for the support!


We're Off!

Work starts on the Sobell extension!

Saturday 7th October 2017
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!!!

Monday 17th July 2017

10 Mile Thames Walk

Family of Julie Jones raise money for Sobell House

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

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Easy Ryder Cup

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

Providing care for the people of Oxfordshire for over 40 years!

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