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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Bruyère’s Palliative Care Program has earned an international reputation for excellence.

Our Palliative Care program is dedicated to relieving suffering and enhancing the quality of life for people living with advanced cancer or other terminal illnesses. The team provides pain and symptom management, guidance, information and compassion needed by patients and their families during difficult and emotional times. Our program is the largest academic palliative care unit in Canada and a leading voice for advancing care and improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Our Palliative Care program includes:

Inpatient services

Compassionate care, evidence-based interventions, pain and symptom management, comfort and quality of life assurance. 


Outpatient services

The Regional Palliative Consultation Team (RPCT) is a partnership between Bruyère and the Champlain Community Care Access Centre which supports health care professionals caring for palliative patients.

Palliative Care Unit

Our 36-bed, bilingual, palliative care unit located in the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital admits patients based on their pain and other symptoms and/or end-of-life care needs. Patients may be admitted for a short period of time to manage difficult pain and symptoms, as well as complex psychosocial and spiritual needs.

These patients have high nursing and medical care requirements, as well as requiring care for psychosocial and spiritual issues. They may be discharged once these needs have been met.

Other patients may be admitted for care at the end of life when their care needs cannot be met in other settings.

On the unit, a team of health care professionals work closely with patients and their families to provide care in an open, friendly environment, where all cultures and beliefs are respected.

The health care team includes: physicians, nurses, social workers, a spiritual care worker, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a recreation therapist, a psychologist, a pharmacist, a dietitian and volunteers who work together to address the complex needs of these patients and their families.

As an academic palliative care program, the palliative care team members are mentors and teachers for learners in all the health care professions. Through our educational and research programs, our learners will be able to provide better care to the patients and families they work with in other care settings throughout their careers.

Palliative care is provided at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital.