Hospice Halifax

Background

As part of QEII New Generation project, the QEII Health Sciences Centre will be redeveloped and services will be moved out of the aging Victoria, Centennial and Dickson Buildings on the Victoria General site. 

Care and services will be delivered at Hants Community Hospital or Dartmouth General Hospital, or the new Bayers Lake QEII Community Outpatient Centre or the expanded and renovated QEII Health Sciences Centre Halifax Infirmary (HI) campus.

Five hospital beds will be moved from the Victoria General site to Hospice Halifax for a total of ten beds at the hospice residence.

Update

  • Halifax’s first hospice residence for Nova Scotian patients and their families opened April 2019.
  • The 10-bed hospice residence will provide end-of-life care for people living with a terminal illness.
  • It features a family kitchen, dining room, and living room; a children’s playroom, outdoor terraces and garden, overnight accommodation for families, a house kitchen for patient meals, quiet areas, and a Centre for Training and Education.
  • The facility cost $7 million to build.

Benefits

  • Provides a comfortable, personalized place for patients and their families to receive dignified end-of-life care
  • Patients will receive professional nursing care with physician support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients and families can access on site programs, bereavement counselling, and social work consultation.
  • Provides services to about 150 patients a year, reaching up to 1,800 extended family members, loved ones, friends and colleagues
  • About 50 full-time, part-time, and casual staff members will offer clinical care and administrative services. About 100 volunteers will provide support.
  • Services are free-of-charge for patients and families.