North Shore Hospice has opened the province’s first palliative care hub to provide wrap-around services for people dealing with life-threatening illness.
The ground-breaking centre, which is connected to the existing North Shore Hospice, will provide clinical, practical and emotional outpatient services for people living with serious illness and their families.
The Palliative Outpatient Clinic will give patients rapid access to a team of palliative specialists including physicians, nurses, counsellors, occupational therapists and pharmacists.
With access to specialist services in one central location, patients will be able to avoid uncomfortable waits in the hospital Emergency Department.
Clinical care is supported by programs run at the Every Day Counts Centre which provides free non-medical services that enhance quality of life. The Every Day Counts program offers physical, practical and emotional support sessions including tai chi, yoga, music therapy and meditation to help people manage their illness and enhance their daily lives.
The new outpatient centre was funded by a $2.3 million campaign launched by the North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project – a partnership of the North Shore Hospice Society and Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.