Day Hospice FAQs


If you're thinking about attending a day hospice for the first time, we know there are many questions you might have.


We've tried to cover some of those questions here, but if there's anything else you'd like to know, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 


When is day hospice available?

Exeter (inc. Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton)

Searle House, Dryden Rd, Exeter, EX2 5JJ

Weds, Thurs, Fri

10am – 3pm





Tiverton (Mid Devon)

Pine Lodge, 36 Post Hill, Tiverton, EX16 4ND

Weds, Thurs, Fri

10am – 3pm





Honiton (East Devon)

Kings House, King Street, Honiton EX14 1AB

Tues, Thurs

10am - 3pm


Do I need a cancer diagnosis to be referred to day hospice?

No, our care is available for anyone living with a life-limiting illness in Exeter, Mid or East Devon. This includes conditions such as respiratory disease, heart disease, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, end stage dementia – as well as cancer.


What will happen during my assessment for day hospice?

You are welcome to bring a carer, relative or friend to your assessment. The assessment will last approximately one hour. You will be seen by the day hospice nurse on duty, who will give you a tour of the day hospice facilities. Please be prepared to discuss all aspects of your condition, how it’s affecting you, and what you hope to gain from attending day hospice, including any personal goals you may have. It would be helpful to bring a list of your medications.


Tulip Planting at Kings House


How will I get there?

Some of our patients drive themselves or have someone to bring them. For those without transport of their own our day hospice staff will discuss what other options are available.


How many sessions can I attend?

You will be offered a placement of one day a week for up to six months.


What happens in day hospice?

Our service includes:

  • Continuous assessment of your needs to help you remain as independent as possible and cope with your illness
  • Helping you identify personal goals and work together to improve your quality of life
  • Practical advice and information for you and your family
  • An opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances
  • Allowing time for carers to do something for themselves
  • Opportunities to participate in various activities including creative crafts, gentle exercises, yoga and talking to others 
  • A chance to receive complementary therapy
  • Rest and relaxation in a calm, peaceful environment

To find out more, please read our Day Hospices Leaflet

Click on the image below to view the leaflet: 

What's On at the day hospice



Who provides this service?

Our day hospices are managed by the day hospice nurses, with support from experienced health care assistants and trained volunteers.


Do I need to bring my medication?

Yes. Please bring with you any medication you may need during the day. It will be discussed during your assessment by our day hospice nurse.


Dogs at King House in Honiton


Will I see a doctor in day hospice?

No - you will remain under the care of your own GP. However, if your GP requests a review by the Hospice doctor this can be arranged.


Is there a charge for attending day hospice?

No, there is no charge, but we have a suggested donation of £10-£20 per day.


How do I go about attending Hospiscare day services?

Ask your Hospiscare team if you would like to attend. A member of the day hospice team will contact you to discuss if a place would be appropriate for your needs. If we agree we can help you, you will be offered a regular session for up to six months.

A family member, carer or friend can accompany you on your assessment visit to day hospice.


If your question hasn't been answered by our FAQs, please call 01392 688000 to find out more.