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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care enhances the quality of life of people who have a life-limiting illness. It does this by preventing and relieving suffering. 

In addition to helping the patient, palliative care helps a family cope during their loved one’s illness and death, and during the grief process.

Many people think palliative care is only provided in the last weeks and months of life when curative treatments are no longer available. A palliative approach to care can help people early in their illness. It can start at diagnosis, when treatments are taking place and there may still be many months and years left to live.

Palliative care may include:

  • Help with decisions about treatments
  • Expert medical care to help with pain and other symptoms at home or in hospital
  • Social, psychological, emotional, and spiritual support
  • Occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and social work
  • Support for family, friends, and caregivers
  • Information about financial, legal, and other services
  • Including (but not exclusive to) end-of-life care
  • Bereavement support

Palliative care is not necessarily provided by a team that only becomes involved at the end of your life. It is ideally provided by the people who know patients the most, working together with experts when they are needed.

The palliative care team may include a wide variety of health care professionals. The team can be as big as the needs of the person as they work collectively towards meeting personalized goals.

How do I access palliative care services?

Speak to your primary care provider about the benefits of pursuing a palliative approach to care.

Family physicians, nurse practitioners, as well as other frontline care providers (including care coordinators, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and spiritual care providers) all play a role in providing palliative care.

These providers can access support from a palliative care team, providers who specialize in complex care planning and symptom management. Their support can complement the care that patients receive from their primary care provider and other members of the care team but is not meant to replace it. 

Location and Contact Information

LocationContact informationServices available
The Moncton Hospital 506-857-5111Palliative Care Specialists
Inpatient Palliative Care Unit
Saint John Regional Hospital 506-648-6000Palliative Care Specialists
Inpatient Palliative Care Unit
Sussex Health Centre 506-432-3100Palliative Care Beds
Charlotte County Hospital (St. Stephen) 506-465-4444Palliative Care Beds
Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital 506-452-5400Palliative Care Specialists
Inpatient Palliative Care Unit
Oromocto Public Hospital 506-357-4700Palliative Care Beds
Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville) 506-375-5900Palliative Care Beds
Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph (Perth-Andover)506-273-7100Palliative Care Beds
Miramichi Regional Hospital 506-623-3000Inpatient Palliative Care Unit


Partners in Care

Strong collaborative relationships with partners in the community help provide patients and families with a variety of resources that support care outside of the hospital.

Resources for Patients and Families

Child and Teen Grief

Communicating and Understanding your Decision for “Level of Resuscitation”

Compassionate Care Benefits

Difficult Grief and Multiple Losses

Grief A Personal Journey 10 Things to Know About Grief Dealing with Grief

Grief – Coping with Challenges

Grief – Special Days and Holidays

Grief – Understanding Your Emotions

Palliative Care Patient Guide

Preparing for the Death of a Loved One

Horizon locations offering this service:

Facility Name Address Phone
Oromocto Public Hospital 103 Winnebago St., Oromocto, New Brunswick, E2V 1C6 506-357-4700
Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton) 700 Priestman St. , PO Box 9000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5N5 506-452-5400
McAdam Health Centre 15 Saunders Rd., PO Box 311, McAdam, New Brunswick, E6J 1K9 506-784-6300
Harvey Health Centre 2019, Rte. 3, Harvey Station, New Brunswick, E6K 3E9 506-366-6400

Facility Name Address Phone
Miramichi Regional Hospital 500 Water St., Miramichi, New Brunswick, E1V 3G5 506-623-3000

Facility Name Address Phone
The Moncton Hospital 135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 6Z8 506-857-5111

Facility Name Address Phone
St. Joseph's Hospital (Saint John) 130 Bayard Dr., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 3L6 506-632-5555
Grand Manan Hospital 582 Route 776, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, E5G 2C9 506-662-4060
Saint John Regional Hospital 400 University Ave., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4L2 506-648-6000
Charlotte County Hospital (St. Stephen) 4 Garden St., St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L 2L9 506-465-4444
Sussex Health Centre 75 Leonard Dr., Sussex, New Brunswick, E4E 2P7 506-432-3100
St. Joseph’s Community Health Centre 116 Coburg St., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 3K1 506-632-5537
Medisante Saint Jean Samuel-de-champlain Community School, 67 Ragged Point Rd., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2K 5C3 506-648-8020
Fundy Health Centre 34 Hospital St., PO Box 1298, Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, E5H 1K2 506-456-4200
Deer Island Health Centre 999 Rte. 772, Fairhaven, New Brunswick, E5V 1P2 506-747-4150

Facility Name Address Phone
Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph (Perth-Andover) 10 Woodland Hill, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, E7H 5H5 506-273-7100
Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville) 11300 Route 130, Waterville, New Brunswick, E7P 0A4 506-375-5900