Inpatient Care

We have 18 beds in a mixture of bays and single rooms and two relatives’ rooms to allow family members to stay overnight.

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Our inpatient unit provides a comforting environment where we offer compassionate and specialist care.

You may feel worried about staying at Sobell House as you don’t know what to expect or have preconceptions about what a hospice is like. That’s why our team will always work to ensure that your individual needs are met and can support you with whatever issues or worries you may have. Your family and friends will also be supported throughout.

Our facilities

The Sobell House inpatient unit was purpose built in 2003 and extended in 2019. We have 18 beds in a mixture of bays and single rooms.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need your own toiletries, nightwear, daywear and slippers. There are individual wardrobes for you to keep your belongings. We provide towels and bed linen. You will need to arrange for someone to bring in clean nightwear or clothing as and when needed, as we do not offer a laundry service. Although we have a small safe on the ward, we recommend that you do not bring in valuables or large sums of money. You will also need to bring your medication and GP prescription request.


Please read the latest guidance for visitors on the Oxford University Hospitals palliative care page before planning your visit.

What if English is not my first language?

We are able to provide interpreters. We would encourage you, or your family and friends, to use this service to help us assess your needs fully and we would ask that we be contacted as soon as it is confirmed that you are being referred to us so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Meals and home comforts

We are very fortunate to have our own kitchen on the premises and cook fresh produce daily on a small enough scale to be likened to home cooking. Our chefs can deal with specialist dietary requirements if known in advance. Breakfast is served at 8am, lunch at 12:30pm and the evening meal at 6pm. If you miss a meal for any reason, we can make other arrangements for you.

Our staff will do their very best to accommodate your needs, to make you feel comfortable and at home during your stay.


There are a variety of shops in the Churchill Hospital within walking distance for your friends or family. Toiletries, newspapers, books, chocolates and other items can be purchased from these shops during daytime opening hours.

Who will provide my care?

At Sobell House, your care will be provided 24 hours of the day by a broad team of specialist professionals, including: 

  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Chaplains
  • Music and Art Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Administration Staff

You will also be supported by our volunteers. 

For more information, please visit the Oxford University Hospitals palliative care page.

Please contact your GP if you would like to refer yourself or a family member to our inpatient unit.