Dove House Hospice

Dove House Hospice delivers the best possible end of life care in Hull and East Riding to those living with a life limiting illness.

What we do

Dove House Hospice was developed by the community, for the community in 1979 for the creation of a place where “greater provision should be made for the incurably sick in a loving atmosphere” (Hall, 1996). The hospice developed from just a Hospital Support Nurse and Day Hospice to a purpose built building incorporating a Bedded Unit which was officially opened by HRH Diana Princess of Wales in 1992.

Dove House is the only facility in Hull and the East Riding to provide specialist palliative care within a caring and comfortable, homely environment. Care is provided by a specialist multi-disciplinary team led by consultants who provide an important link to local hospitals in the area. It is also the only setting to offer a Day Hospice service providing therapies, respite and support for both patient and their carers’. The nature of the work carried out at the hospice has meant we have touched the lives of many thousands of local people over the decades.

The hospice is responsive to the needs and wants of its wider community. Now operating a 24/7, 365 day-a- year referral service, patients can be admitted around the clock. An expansion to the site in 2015 has also allowed for more personal, tailored care through the development of a gym and rehabilitation suite as well as a music room and multi-sensory space and lighter brighter units. These services are equally available to all residents throughout Hull and the East Riding free of charge. However, they are not free to provide.


Dove House Hospice is a community project funded by you, the community, for the community and is embedded within the communities it serves throughout Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. The hospice provides care and support to over 1500 families a year living with the complexities of an illness that has no cure.

The organisation is made up of trained, qualified, staff and volunteers at all levels (including the governance of the charity); all are dedicated in delivering the services available to a high standard putting the patient and their loved ones at the centre of daily working.

There are a number of services available from the hospice, each catering to the different requirements and preferences of those who need them.

These include:

  • Occupational Therapy,

  • Complementary Therapies,

  • Music Therapy,

  • Consultant Appointments,

  • 24 hour Inpatient Care is available to adults over the age of 18 for help with symptom management, end of life care and respite care.

  • Family Support helping patients and their loved ones with the non-medical issues that sometimes run alongside life-limiting illnesses.

  • Day Therapy allows patients to access therapies and treatments while offering respite for both patients and their carers’.


While all of these services are free to patients, they are not free to provide. With statutory funding currently covering just 37 days care a year, we rely heavily on the generosity of you, the general public, to fund the remaining 328 days. Your support, whether that be monetary or time, is needed to help maintain and develop our services.

It is our vision that every adult within our community with a life limiting illness has the best quality of life possible with easy access to high quality palliative care in a setting of their choosing. Our vision can only be achieved with your support. Help us ensure that no one with a life limiting illness in our community has to die alone, without support and without dignity.

We simply can’t create that future without you!