Palliative Care

Palliative Care

The Palliative Care program at Scarborough Health Network (SHN) provides compassionate care, comprehensive symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support to patients and families facing a life-limiting illness. Inpatient and outpatient palliative care services are offered at our Centenary and General hospitals with a focus on helping patients to maintain their quality of life and be as comfortable as possible.

Our palliative care team consists of palliative care physicians, a nurse practitioner, and a clinical practice nurse lead and registered nurses. 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

Palliative Consultation Service

For patients with a life-limiting illness who are staying on one of our inpatient units at Centenary or General, our palliative care team is here to provide assessment, consultation, support, and end of life care. 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.

General hospital – Inpatient Palliative Care Unit

At our General hospital, we have a dedicated Inpatient Palliative Care Unit that is staffed and supported by our interprofessional health care team. The unit includes warmly decorated private and semi-private patient rooms, and patients, families and caregivers have access to a bright kitchenette. The unit also has a quiet room reserved for prayer, meditation or counselling that patients and families can use for comfort.

Who the unit is for

The Inpatient Palliative Care Unit provides services to individuals who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Reside in the Scarborough area; or have previously received care at SHN or from an SHN affiliated physician
  • Have a terminal or life-limiting illness (cancer or non-cancer diagnosis) that requires acute palliative care supportive interventions
  • Have an expected length of stay that is less than 30 days
  • Is in agreement, or has a substitute decision-maker who is in agreement, with the philosophy of palliative care
  • Require specialized symptom management or acute supportive care for an underlying illness

Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic

We have Outpatient Palliative Care Clinics at Centenary and General that help patients with a palliative diagnosis to manage their symptoms while living at home or in the community. Our goal is to enable those facing life-limiting illness to live more fully, with comfort and dignity.

Services

We offer compassionate and coordinated care:

  • Expertise in pain and symptom management, including assessment, consultation and treatment, and ongoing follow-up care as needed for fatigue, depression, nausea, shortness of breath, etc.
  • 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
  • Referrals and links to community supports
  • Assistance in facilitating admission into a palliative care unit when appropriate

Download Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic brochure

Who the clinic is for

Our clinic has been developed for patients with a palliative diagnosis (cancer or non-cancer diagnosis) who are:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Being cared for or currently undergoing treatment at SHN, and are not being seen by another palliative care physician or clinic
  • Require supportive care, which may include specialized symptom management or support for their underlying life-limiting illness

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.

Centenary hospital
Suite 106, 1st Floor (across from the oncology clinic)
416-284-8131 ext. 503
Tuesdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Download referral form

General hospital
Tower Wing, 6th Floor
416-431-8200 ext. 3615