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On Monday 10 December, building work commenced on a new 62-bed, 'home away from home' for families with children and babies being treated in Oxford Children’s Hospital, Children’s Critical Care and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the John Radcliffe Hospital site.

  • The accommodation is completely free, and families can stay for as long as their child is in hospital
  • The House will be open 365 days a year, fully staffed by Ronald McDonald House Charities’ staff and overnight security
  • It will be equipped with everything you would find in a family home, including kitchens, laundry facilities, playrooms and a garden
  • The House is expected to open in summer 2020

This will replace the existing 17-bedroom House which is situated on the top floor of the Children’s Hospital and cannot accommodate all the families who need a place to stay close to their child. The new House is expected to look after as many as 1,000 families a year, double what the current House is able to support.

The House will be built and run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, a charity that operates at specialist children’s hospital across the UK. The total cost of the House will be £14.5 million; £12 million will come from the fundraising efforts of Ronald McDonald House Charities and Oxford Hospitals Charity will contribute £2.5 million, part of which has been raised through a successful 10th Anniversary Appeal with a most generous response from the public and the Oxford media. OUH has donated the land.

Ronald McDonald House Charities has been helping families for almost 30 years; they are an independent charity whose biggest corporate supporter is McDonald's. McDonald’s customers donate millions of pounds each year by dropping their loose change in the collection boxes at the tills and its staff, restaurant owners and suppliers also support the Charity by fundraising, donating their personal time and making donations. For more information and to donate to the Charity, visit:   

Oxford Hospitals Charity supports the different departments and wards of Oxford University Hospitals, helping to provide the best medical equipment, research and facilities for our patients and staff across all our hospitals.  Visit to donate, fundraise or find out more about this, your local hospitals’ charity.

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The agreed access of all site traffic, including HGV’s to the development site, will be via the A40 Northern Bypass/Marsh Lane/Headley Way /Woodlands Road. The hours of operation for deliveries exclude standard peak hours (7.30am – 9.30am and 4.30pm – 6.30pm).  See the full traffic management plan on the Oxford City Council’s planning portal for fuller information.

Picture shows the location of this site and access from Woodlands Road past the Nursery and Arthur Sanctuary House.


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The extension to our Emergency Department will ensure that high-quality care is delivered to patients in the right time and in the right environment. It will provide:

  • better use of space
  • more diagnostic equipment
  • improved dignity and privacy for patients
  • improved turnaround times for ambulances

The new space will also include a paediatric resuscitation room and an isolation room with an adjacent CT scanner and control room as well as a nurses' bay and improved bereavement and relatives' rooms. Completion will be in Spring 2020.

During the majority of the work, the only patient entrance to the Emergency Department will be at the far end of the building. The Drop-Off Zone parking will be suspended in order to give priority to ambulances. The Trust apologises for the inconvenience that this may cause, and asks, for the safety of everyone on site, please follow the signs and the banksmen’s instructions.


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The new neuroscience research building will provide purpose-built facilities for the Wolfson Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, as well as research space for the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging. Both of these units are part of the University’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences within the Medical Sciences Division.

The work conducted in these units has already led to major changes in clinical practice, such as promoting emergency treatment after minor warning events to improve stroke prevention. Research groups housed in the building will investigate how the brain recovers after damage and how the brain processes pain.  Completion is expected in Summer 2019.


Sobell House extension 1.jpgThe Garden Annex will be a six patient ward which has been designed with the need to provide safety for our frailer or confused patients by using design and colour to create a calm environment and allow for easy navigation.

Sobell House extension 2.jpgThe Sobell Clinic is an outpatient service for those people who have a terminal illness and need specific specialist care.  It will house the Lymphoedema service that currently operates from a temporary base in the Renal Unit.  The aim of the Sobell Clinic is to support people to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Completion will be late Spring 2019. For more information see