Our second branch of Dove Cottage Day Hospice is situated in Ridlington, near Oakham in Rutland.  We provide supportive palliative day care services for those living with cancer and other progressive conditions.  We are able to offer 20 day care places each week and have a high carer to guest ratio.  All of our services are provided free of charge, including a wonderful home-cooked 3 course lunch, with any special dietary needs catered for.  Our premises are homely and peaceful, set in the beautiful Rutland countryside.  At present we are open 2 days per week, Tuesday & Thursday.

Referrals are usually received from health or social care professionals.  However, anyone can contact us to make an enquiry.  If the referral meets our criteria, one of the hospice nurses will arrange a home visit to answer any queries and make a holistic nursing needs assessment.  Where appropriate, a day care placement, initially for one visit per week, will be offered, which can sometimes be extended if there is an identifiable need.

Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Oakham, Rutland.
Volunteer Sue Watts making lunch for guests.
11-1-2017 Pic by Ian McIlgorm

Once a new guest has accepted a place at Dove Cottage Day Hospice, we will liaise with their GP and any other health and social care professionals involved in order to provide continuity of care.

Places are allocated on a needs-led basis.  If a waiting list develops, the nursing team will review and prioritize the provision of care in line with our Discharge Policy.

To make a referral, please contact us on 01572 722630 and

ask to speak to one of the nurses.


Ways you can help:


Volunteering and Volunteers are the backbone of Dove Cottage Day Hospice. Their work makes a huge contribution to the range of services we can offer patients and their families. Volunteers are fully supported and given a comprehensive induction, together with an ongoing training schedule.

Without the help of so many kind people offering to help us, Dove Cottage Day Hospice would not be the place it is today. At present we have a full complement of volunteers but if you are interested in volunteering and would like your name put on a waiting list, please ring Debs on 01572 722630.


It is estimated that the Rutland Branch of Dove Cottage, will cost £50,000 a year to run. As all services are provided free of charge, it will be necessary to raise this amount locally through donations and fundraising events. If you are interested in helping us achieve this target or could hold a fundraising event on our behalf, please telephone Amanda or Georgina on 01949 860303.

Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Oakham, Rutland.
Voluteer Co-ordinator (Nurse Manager) Ruth Lees helping guest, ex-serviceman Les Burton.
11-1-2017 Pic by Ian McIlgorm

For further information on Dove Cottage Day Hospice, please contact us on 01949 860303, use the contact form or email office@dovecottage.org.