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Palliative care

Palliative care consists of active treatments designed to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life of persons in the advanced stages of terminal illness. The philosophy of care is sometimes encapsulated in the phrases "comfort care" or "end-of-life care."

Our workers operate in consultation with the primary health are team to offer high-quality, bilingual palliative care.                  

Our team members include:

  • Dr. Valérie Gratton, family physician, palliative care specialist
  • Anne Roberts, advanced practical nurse
  • Specially trained volunteers

The palliative care unit:

  • Controls symptoms of discomfort for persons nearing the end of life;
  • Provides support and advice to loved ones in making decisions resulting from changes brought on by illness;
  • Plans hospital discharges for patients and their families when patients return home or transfer to another institution;
  • Provides support services to patients, their family members and loved ones;
  • Maintains ties with organizations and establishments that provide palliative care in the community;
  • Maintains a research partnership with teaching establishments and community organizations.


Visits are allowed at all time, however depending on the patient’s condition and during outbreaks, certain restrictions may apply. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

In the case of shared rooms, it is important to be mindful of the other people in the room and to respect the quiet time, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Wash your hands regularly to prevent the spread germs and diseases. Please do not visit if you are showing signs of the following: a cough, fever, runny nose, diarrhea or another contagious disease. Consult our infection control program for more information.


You can reach a member of the Palliative care team:

By telephone: 613-746‑4621, extension 2056 
By email:

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613-746‑4621, ext. 2056