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17th April 2023

St Luke's Hospital's development - phase two has begun


St Luke's is now embarking on phase two of our improvement plan. We completed building our second floor in 2019 to increase the number of beds we could offer to the community and support more patients and long-stay residents. Now we are working on making improvements to some of our existing bedrooms.

Today, more of our patients are able to utilise mobility aids to help them with their recovery post surgery or for supporting their independence to move and walk around. Some of the bedrooms designed with the hospital back in the early 80's are not as accommodating as we would like in terms of layout and size. So we are now in the process of upgrading them - two rooms at a time.  

The first two rooms are nearly complete! They will have more space so that patients can use the bathrooms without the need of assistance. We are looking forward to bringing you the photos of the competed first two rooms. There will be 20 rooms updated in all.

16th February 2023

St Luke's Hospital visit by Professor Green OBE


Prof Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England and The Department of Health and Social Care’s Independent Sector Dementia Champion, visited St Luke’s on the 13th of February.  He came to see the pilot programme we are running with the NHS to help patients return home safely following a two week intensive rehabilitation care plan. 


Prof Green said:-


“I have a long association with St Luke’s and have great respect for the services they provide to the local community, and I am particularly delighted that they are offering rehabilitation services to people coming out of hospital. The NHS can only survive when there is a clear link between health and social care, and both systems recognise the interdependence between health and care and support each other to deliver high quality services for local people. St Luke’s is a fantastic example of cooperative working, and they have a track record of serving the local community and supporting people to live well. I feel very privileged to be able to see this work first hand because it is an exemplar of partnership working between health and social care that other areas should seek to emulate”.

3rd July 2022

We need your gardening tools! But only for one day. 


St Luke’s Hospital’s gardens are getting a special makeover on Tuesday 26th July. A fantastic 70-strong team of volunteers from are coming to Oxford to help us with a massive garden improvement. 


The plants have been ordered and we have a special crew of volunteers coming to plant, dig, weed, rake and tidy the gardens around the Hospital that need some TLC following our big building development.


We have some tools available but we need more. Could you lend us your tools?

  • Spades

  • Trowels

  • Watering cans

  • Brooms

  • Rakes

  • Dustpan and brush

  • Kneelers

All you need to do is take your gardening tools to St Luke’s Hospital reception at 4 Latimer Road, Headington Oxford OX3 7PF with your name and phone number on a label with your tool.  Our reception team will log it and store ready for the 26th July. 


Please only lend us tools that are in very good condition. We will cherish them and arrange for you to collect them after the 26th July.  Your tools will help us make a massive change to our gardens for our patients to enjoy.

For any questions or queries, please contact reception 01865 228800.

16th May 2022

Our big charity Golf Day Auction 2022!


We are gearing up for our first major fundraising event to be held since 2019. This Friday, the Studley Wood Golf Club will be hosting our Charity Golf Day! As part of the event, the Committee has been hard at work securing some fantastic items for our auction. And we are delighted to announce that none-other than BBC Bargain Hunt's own Charlie Ross will be conducting the auction!


We have a fantastic lot of auction items coming under the hammer:


  • Private Tour for six guests of the Royal Stud, Sandringham

  • Simulated game day for eight guns at the Great Tew Estate

  • Four Ball at Woburn Golf Club

  • A VIP shopping experience at Bicester Village


If you would like to place a sealed bid for one of these or our other amazing prizes, please download a copy of the preview catalogue and contact Mr Graham Candy  with your bid

26th November 2021

St Luke's Hospital in the Awards!


We are delighted to annouce that St Luke's Hospital is the proud winner of two awards - the first is a Gold Leaf award presented by plants@work for our living wall - this amazing horticultural feature running along the side of the new entrance to the Hospital is beautifully maintained by Biotecture. They have really developed the plant since its completion in 2019 and each year it grows, it looks more and more stunning.

The second award was made by the Oxford Preservation Trust to Oxford Architects - a certificate in the Small Projects Category for the development of our second floor and additional facilities added in 2019.

We are delighted that the people who helped us to shape St Luke's into the wonderful facilities we have today have been recognised for their vision and hard work.

22nd February 2021

Vaccinations update at St Luke's


The vaccination programme at St Luke's Hospital has gathered speed with all patients receiving their first Pfizer vaccination on the 23rd December.  Admissions since that time have quickly been provided with the Astra Zeneca vaccine by our GP.  For the staff team, 61 members of the team have been vaccinated, with arrangements in place for our remaining members to receive their first vaccination - some of our staff have had to wait until they were in a position to have the vaccination to ensure that they do not suffer from any side effects.  13 members of staff have now had both vaccinations.   Our colleagues in the Radiology department based at St Luke's have also received their first vaccination.

As the first nursing home to receive the Covid-19 vaccinations in the county, we are pleased that we are playing our part in helping to combat this devastating disease.

17th December 2020

St Luke’s Hospital chosen for first care home Covid vaccinations in the region


St Luke’s Hospital has been chosen as the first care home in the region to be provided with the new Covid-19 vaccination. 75 members of staff have been given the opportunity to receive the vaccination as part of the charity’s work to support the NHS through the pandemic.


In November this year, St Luke’s changed one floor of its building to accommodate patients who need dedicated recovery having had the Covid-19 virus. These patients require specialist nursing care having been initially treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The new Covid-ward at St Luke’s has been made into its own isolation bubble, with its own team of staff and infection control protocols for patients and visitors.


The charity was approached by Oxfordshire County Council to provide this service, as the care home has a wealth of experience in supporting rehabilitation patients, with some of the best facilities in the South East. Before the new ward could start receiving patients, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had to inspect and approve St Luke’s infection control procedures, making the Hospital one of the first ‘designated settings’ in the region.

Luke Ponsonby, Chair of Trustees of St Luke’s commented, “We are very proud to be working with the NHS to offer care to patients who are recovering from the Covid virus. Having the opportunity to support our staff through the Covid vaccination scheme is a huge step forward for St Luke’s. We are committed to helping our colleagues in the NHS through this crisis, and at the same time, safeguard our patients and staff. The new vaccine is going to significantly help us to keep everyone at St Luke’s


St Luke’s Hospital has also been chosen as one of 24 care homes in the country to have its own Covid-19 testing equipment. “Being able to run a test on site and get the results within four hours is a gamechanger for the charity. We are required to test our staff every week as part of our Covid-19 protocol and all our patients monthly. Having the tests available to use in-house will mean that we can test a patient who is coming to St Luke’s for one of our other nursing care services, to ensure that we keep our other patients safe from the virus,” commented Richard Burden, Chief Executive of St Luke’s.


The Charity has also been utilising a fleet of new cleaning robots within the Hospital to support its mission to protect its patient and staff population. The robots tour the facility cleaning as they move around the floor to provide an additional level of biosecurity within the building.

9th June 2020

Thank you to our community 


During this really challenging time for our community, we are so delighted to report that St Luke’s Hospital has been supported by individuals and businesses who have been so thoughtful. There cannot be one person in the UK who has not been affected in some way by the Covid-19 virus. We are of course in lockdown at St Luke’s with our team working to keep our patients as well as one another safe.


It is a lovely and very kind surprise when we receive these amazing donations out of the blue. It certainly lifts the spirits of our patients and the team when these gifts arrive at the Hospital. We want to thank each person and business who has given us a wonderful donation over the past few weeks:


Thank you to……


  • Douglas Hansen-Luke and Nikki Williams-Ellis who donated 400 visors.

  • Mark Johnstone of JSP in Minster Lovell who donated masks and spectacles.

  • Witney Freemasons donated PPE.

  • Domino’s pizza for some lovely pizza for the staff team.

  • The residents of Latimer Road, who have been very kind. In the summer, they donated baskets of fruit for the staff on each floor; one week from one side of the road and the next from the other side. At Christmas they kindly donated wrapped gifts for every resident.

  • Laura Heybrook from Dale and Heybrook Garden Designers who kindly donated her time and expertise to design the new garden areas that we are now putting in place.  

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