About the Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre

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16th Floor, Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre (Acute Inpatient Palliative Care Unit)



Phone: 416 946 2096

Visiting Hours

We know that family and friends are important members of your circle of care. Visitors are welcome any time, but please take note of the following:

  • Patients often get tired easily and quickly. Visitors should be aware of this and limit the time of the visit to allow patients to recover and rest.
  • Our unit is small and can get busy. We may ask you to limit the number of visitors you have to help keep the noise levels down and make sure all patients are comfortable.
  • Children are welcome to visit. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times on the unit.
  • 1 to 2 loved ones can stay overnight with each patient.
  • Visitors are not allowed to use alcohol on the unit.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave a patient’s room while health care providers give care.
  • We are a scent free Cancer Centre. Please do not wear any perfume or cologne when you visit.

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What We Do

The Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre is an inpatient unit on the 16th floor of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Patients with life-threatening illnesses are admitted to our unit to help manage complex physical, psychological and social issues, including support for family and friends. We also work with patients and their family to arrange transfer home with home care support or to a community palliative care unit after patients have received care.

The Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre has 10 private rooms and 1 semi-private room, for a total of 12 beds. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes but is not limited to: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, social workers, spiritual care professionals, music therapists and art therapists. A member of your health care team needs to refer you to the centre before you are admitted. When patients are ready for discharge (ready to leave) from the Palliative Care Centre, the process is carefully coordinated with patients, their family, home care and, if needed, other health care professionals, such as oncologists.

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Palliative and end-of-life care is a special area of health care that focuses on improving the quality of life of people with life-threatening illnesses. During an admission to our unit, our team will suggest care plans to help:

  • Relieve physical and psychological symptoms including pain and depression
  • Support patients and family
  • Plan for the future

Our goal is to help patients live as actively and comfortably as possible. We respect all beliefs, cultures, faiths and values, and strive to provide palliative and end-of-life care for all patients and families that need it.

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        Last reviewed: 9/3/2019
        Last modified: 9/4/2019 7:01 AM