Both inpatient and outpatient palliative care services are offered at the Centenary site to support those with a life-limiting illness. The delivery of these services is based on feedback from community focus groups held on end-of-life care between December 2014 and January 2015, and reflects our commitment to improving the patient and family experience.
Palliative care team
Our palliative care team consists of palliative care physicians who support inpatient care or lead outpatient care; a nurse practitioner (NP); and a clinical practice nurse lead and registered nurse. Our team is also supported by multidisciplinary health professionals, providing services including social work, spiritual care, speech language pathology, physiotherapy, and nutrition.
Inpatient palliative care services
For patients with a life-limiting illness who have been admitted to Rouge Valley and are staying on one of our inpatient units, our palliative care team is here to provide consultation and support. The palliative care team will work closely with the patient, their family, and health care team on the unit to help with managing pain and other physical and/or emotional symptoms.
Outpatient palliative care clinic
Our outpatient palliative care service at the Centenary site helps patients with a palliative diagnosis to manage their symptoms at home and at our hospital clinic. Our goal is to enable those facing life-limiting illness to live more fully, with comfort and dignity.
We offer compassionate and coordinated care:
- Pain and symptom management — including assessment, consultation and treatment, and ongoing follow-up care as needed
- Advanced care planning to help you in discussing decisions around what you would like for your future health and personal care
- Supportive care, counseling and multi-faith services to aid you and your family in coping with grief, anxiety and stress
- Connection to community supports
Who the clinic is for
Our clinic has been developed for patients with a palliative diagnosis who are:
- Being cared for or currently undergoing treatment at the Centenary site, and are not being seen by another palliative care physician or clinic
- Having symptoms related to their palliative diagnosis
- Over 18-years-old.
We do not routinely see patients for chronic pain management.
Making an appointment
If you would like to be seen at our outpatient palliative care clinic, please have your family physician complete our referral form and fax it to 416-281-7445.
The clinic runs every Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. It is located at the Centenary site in Suite 106, on the ground floor, right across from the Chemotherapy Clinic.
Additional resources and links
For more information on palliative care, you may also visit the following organizations: