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BC Ministry of Health and Island Health have just announced the addition of 15 new beds to two palliative care units at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

As part of an annual $5.8 million investment in palliative care for Greater Victoria through Island Health, the provincial government has added eight new community hospice beds to Victoria Hospice located in Royal Jubilee, and seven new acute palliative beds to create a new supportive care unit at the hospital.

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This brings the total to 18 community hospice beds and 16 acute palliative care at Royal Jubilee.

“The opportunity to age in place and spend your final days surrounded by a compassionate care team should not be taken for granted,” said Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, in a statement.

“This expansion in palliative and end-of-life care means people in Greater Victoria can rest assured, knowing that their families and loved ones will have access to the best possible care during their final days.”

Community hospice beds are reserved specifically to provide comfort for patients nearing the end of their lives.

On the other hand, acute palliative beds are for patients who require more complex symptom management as they enter various stages of terminal illnesses.

These new beds and associated services are scheduled to begin operation by spring 2020.

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