Medical & Nursing

Our team of physicians, led by our Medical Director, provides treatment and attention for patients and their families across multiple care settings. Working in conjunction with the patient’s family physician, home care nurse and other specialty physicians, our team provides expert symptom management and palliative care. In 2013/14, this included 507 admissions to our 17-bed Palliative Care Unit, a daily average of 394 people registered with Victoria Hospice  and 1,337 medical consultations in patient’s homes, residential facilities and other hospital units and another 2,037 by phone.

Our medical team also plays an active role in the education of medical students, residents, hospice staff and volunteers, home care nurses and other Vancouver Island Health Authority employees. They are also active in the undergraduate and postgraduate training programs of the Island Medical Program at the University of Victoria.

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The Nursing Department includes Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who – ably assisted by unit clerks, aides and volunteers – who deliver high quality hospice palliative care to patients and their families in Victoria Hospice's 17-bed in-patient unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

RNs also provide care for patients and families in their homes as part of the Palliative Response Team, made up of one nurse and one counsellor with ready access to a physician. Since 1989, this unique and remarkable 24-hour on-call service provides short-term consultation and treatment at home for problems that might otherwise require admission to hospital (such as pain, shortness of breath and nausea). In all circumstances, they partner with VIHA’s Home and Community Care Nursing staff and Home Support programs to ensure that the daily average 394 patients who are in their own homes and are registered with VHS are comfortable and their families are supported.

In addition, Victoria Hospice nurses teach palliative care courses to other health care professionals, and participate in important palliative care research.

Contact the Medical & Nursing departments by calling 250-370-8715 or by email.

Quality end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing advancing illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy.