Construction has started on palliative care unit at St Martha's Regional Hospital

Architect’s interpretation of the new palliative care unit at St Martha’s Regional Hospital
Architect’s interpretation of the new palliative care unit at St Martha’s Regional Hospital

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) has approved a new palliative care inpatient unit at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish. Tate Construction has been awarded the contract. Renovations to create the new unit have begun and the unit is expected to open in late spring.

“This unit will fulfill a need and is supported by the community,” said St Martha’s Regional Hospital Site Lead Martha Cooper. “It embodies NSHA’s philosophy that health care is person- and family-centred.”

The creation of the unit is made possible through strong partnerships and community generosity. St Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation has committed up to $600,000 to fund capital costs, while St Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary will contribute up to $150,000 for furnishings and equipment.

The renovation will create a six-bed, dedicated palliative care unit. Having this dedicated space will enable family doctors and the palliative care team to provide a comprehensive palliative care service to patients and their families, at a time when comfort and compassion are primary goals.

Besides the necessary staff space requirements, the new unit will include space for families and volunteers, such as a family room and kitchen, to better support a patient’s loved ones. These special spaces also allow family to stay on the unit while their loved one is receiving care or resting.

The new unit is being created in the former Transitional Level of Care space. Patients from TLC have either moved into long-term care in the community or have been moved to other beds in the hospital while they await placement.