New palliative care hub opens in North Vancouver (VCH)

People experiencing a life-threatening illness shouldn’t have to contend with their quality of life being threatened as well.

That was the message delivered during the grand opening of North Shore Hospice’s new palliative care hub on Oct. 30, a project that first broke ground earlier this year following a fundraising campaign undertaken by the North Shore Hospice Society and Lions Gate Hospital Foundation that raised $2.3 million.

With access to specialist services under one roof, palliative patients will be able to avoid potentially uncomfortable waits in hospital emergency departments and having to shuffle between various locations for treatment, according to Dr. Peter Edmunds, regional medical director for home, community, and palliative care at Vancouver Coastal Health.

Ben Bengtson reports.

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