Enhancing support for patients and families during end-of-life care at Yarmouth Regional Hospital

The Yarmouth Regional Hospital will soon have a more welcoming space to support and care for palliative patients and their families. 
The Yarmouth County Hospice Society, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), and the Department of Health and Wellness have been working together to enhance support for those requiring end of life care in Yarmouth and the surrounding area. 
Shirley Hubbard, chair of the Yarmouth County Hospice Society, is pleased an area within Yarmouth Regional Hospital has been identified where the society can help create a welcoming and appropriate space for palliative care patients and their families. 
“This has been a long time coming and we are now able to move forward with creating this space for patients receiving end of life care,” said Shirley Hubbard. “We know there are many people in the community who are eager to see this happen. The Hospice Society is looking forward to launching a fundraising campaign to give our community an opportunity to contribute and be a part of this initiative.” 
A working group with representatives from the Hospice Society and NSHA will be established to determine the best way to renovate to make the existing space more welcoming and comforting for patients who need end of life care. The work to enhance the space will include up to seven rooms on the 4th floor of Yarmouth Regional Hospital.
“We are so grateful for the work Yarmouth County Hospice Society is doing, as well as other similar organizations across the province, to support enhancements to hospice and palliative care within our community,” said Fran Duggan, NSHA’s zone Director of Health Services for Hospice and Palliative Care. 
“I know how hard Shirley Hubbard and the members of the Hospice Society have worked to make this a reality,” said Education and Early Childhood Education Minister Zach Churchill on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We are committed to ensuring the appropriate end of life care is available to Nova Scotians and their families when that time comes. We are pleased to partner with the Hospice Society and Nova Scotia Health Authority to ensure this care is available in our community.”
Planning will begin immediately with work to happen in phases in coordination with the working group.
Media Contacts:
NSHA Provincial Media Line:
Shirley Hubbard 
Yarmouth County Hospice Society