The Sue Ryder charity has announced plans to sell its Edwardian building that houses its hospice at Nettlebed, near Henley on Thames.
Holly Spiers, Sue Ryder Director of Hospices & Fundraising, said “Sue Ryder has been working with the local Clinical Commissioning Group and other healthcare providers to understand the need for end of life care across South Oxfordshire.
“Our research clearly shows that more and more people are looking to be cared for in their own home, and we know that there is an unmet need in South Oxfordshire. To ensure that our services meet the future needs of the community we are looking to develop a 24/7 palliative care service in the community. We are shifting our care to where it is most needed enabling far more people to access our services.
“We will not be stopping our services; we will be looking for alternative ways to deliver them to more people. As a result we plan on selling Nettlebed and creating a community hub which will provide a base for our community services. We will be working closely with Oxfordshire CCG and the Locality Clinical Director to find other ways to deliver these services and offer our in-patient care at other locations.
“This is not a cost-cutting exercise, nor is it about closing down our services. We are changing how are services are delivered to reflect the changing needs of our patients and their families.
“We would like to reassure the community that whilst we develop our plans we will continue to deliver the same well regarded and respected services from this building. As always, we remain incredibly grateful for the community’s continued support, which enables us to be there for people at the most difficult time of their lives.”
It is understood people will be cared for at the hospice at Nettlebed until an alternative is found that is right for Sue Ryder and right for people in the local community.
Joyce Grove, a Grade II listed building with 27 acres of grounds, was built in 1908 for Robert Fleming, grandfather of James Bond author Ian Fleming.