Sobell House Charity is proud to announce the first phase of its £9m investment plan over four years that will significantly increase hospice care in the county and meet the growing need for end of life care across Oxfordshire.
In the first step of an ongoing plan, Sobell House, which is based on the Churchill Hospital site, and Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust (OUHFT) have committed to expanding the specialist palliative care team working across the Oxfordshire hospitals as well as increasing the service hours. Central to this initiative will be education and training for hospital staff. The increase in the specialist team will deliver more care and grow the pool of knowledge regarding end of life care across Oxfordshire.
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In the second step of the plan a new state of the art hospice space will be built at The Churchill Hospital site to give added clinical facilities. The new specially designed facility will fit the needs of frailer patients and those living with more complex illnesses, such as dementia, who require specific end of life care in a comfortable, safe and sympathetic environment.
Diane Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Sobell House, says:
“To extend much needed palliative care in Oxfordshire we have pledged to raise £4m over four years. This target is set in addition to the £5 million in funds already entrusted to the Charity by the local community and which have been put aside for this expansion.
“These developments will offer patients facing end of life different approaches and more choice and will cement Oxfordshire as a county that offers pioneering hospice care.
“Our priority at Sobell House is to grow the palliative and end of life care and expertise across Oxfordshire’s hospitals for patients living with a terminal illness of any type and to provide support to their families.
“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary at Sobell House we are looking to the future and what we can do now to help hospice care grow over the next 40 years. We know that the access to education and training that we are introducing will strengthen and grow the pool of knowledge about this type of care and will help in securing the future of hospice care in the county.”
Sobell House currently cares for around 3000 patients and their families at home, in the Day Centre or Inpatient Unit and on the wards of the main hospitals in Oxfordshire. The care plan outlined today will enable the hospice care team to reach significantly more people in a more flexible way.