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Patients who have received a referral to palliative care at any point may be admitted in the following two situations only: 
  • Pain and symptom management with plans for discharge
  • Comfort care at end-of-life care
If symptoms of an illness cannot be managed at home, patients may request admission to the inpatient unit at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre, as described below. Once symptoms are under control and the patient is comfortable, a discharge plan can be put in place so that the patient can continue to manage his/her illness at home.
If a patient is admitted for end-of-life care, the patient or family may avail of social work services. A Grief and Bereavement Coordinator is also available. For more information, please visit Grief and Bereavement. 
Palliative Care Unit (PCU) at the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre
The PCU, our primary inpatient unit located at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre, provides total care in a relaxed hospital setting to patients and families. Patients are permitted to leave the unit on a leave of absence (LOA) with medical. Leaves of absence may be granted for a few hours, an overnight stay or a weekend.
We invite you to watch the following video, produced by MUN Medicine. It shows a couple learning about palliative care services, and offers a tour of the Palliative Care Unit: 

Where are we located?
The Palliative Care Unit in St. John’s is located on 3 North at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre (LAMC) This unit has 10 private rooms, two family lounges, a kitchen area and a quiet sacred space.
Our Team 
For information about the health-care professionals in the Palliative Care Inpatient Unit, see Team
  • Patient rooms: All patient rooms are private and have either a private or shared bathroom. Each room has a flat screen cable TV, Wi-Fi, and telephone. Patient rooms have a sleeper chair available for the comfort of family members. Patients are welcome to bring personal items from home to enhance a home-like atmosphere.
  • Family rooms: There are two family rooms available with cable TV. One family room is equipped with a kitchen area. These spaces are shared amongst all patient families. 
  • Cell phones: Cell phones may only be used in the patient rooms and/or family room areas.
  • Parking: Metered parking is available in the centre parking lot in front of the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meters are free from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends.
  • Cafeteria hours: The cafeteria is located on the main floor. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (cash only.) There is an ATM and a snack vending machine located in the cafeteria which are accessible when the cafeteria is closed.
Palliative Care Beds Within EH Facilities
In addition to palliative care beds at Dr. L. A. Miller Centre, there are dedicated palliative care beds available at Eastern Health facilities throughout the region. These facilities include:
There are also palliative care beds throughout most of Eastern Health’s long-term care facilities. 
What to Bring
Patients should bring with them to the Palliative Care Unit their medications in original bottles and their hospital card or provincial health card. To ensure comfort, patients should also bring the following items:
  • Comfortable pajamas
  • Razors
  • Toiletries
  • Slippers


Updated Oct 6, 2017