Ground has been broken on a new state-of–the-art clinic due to open in 2019 after four years of fundraising.
Sobell House hosted a ceremony to mark the start of work that will feature a new clinic and garden annex.
The new hospice space will be built next to the existing Sobell House Hospice on the Churchill Hospital site and will offer a ‘comfortable, safe and sympathetic environment’ for patients with complex illnesses such as dementia.
In January 2016, Sobell House pledged to invest £9million in the expansion of its care.
With £5million of that already secured, a four-year campaign to raise the additional £4million was launched.
Diane Gardner, CEO of the hospice charity, said: “We are working towards [a] vision to ensure Oxfordshire is a place where everyone has access to good end of life care, wherever they are, and for their families to be supported both during the patient’s life and after their family member has died.
“We are expecting the work to take about 12 months and will be working closely with the contractors to ensure that patients and their families and staff are inconvenienced as little as possible as the work progresses.”
The four-year investment plan to significantly increase hospice care in the county has already seen the introduction of a specialist end of life care team into the main hospitals so more patients can be helped.