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The heart of palliative care is compassion

Working from a holistic perspective, we offer comfort and care to enrich the quality of life for individuals residing at our care facility who are at the end stage of a terminal illness. Our professionals and volunteers on the palliative care team have special sensitivity and training. We are committed to addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their significant others, honouring diverse cultures, values, and beliefs. We create an environment that enables you and your family to make informed choices, and to develop the best possible plan for care.

Are you seeking information about palliative care from other areas within the hospital? Learn about the palliative care consult team.

Palliative Care Unit

K1E Garden Meeting Room, available to book for family events


Our setting

The palliative care unit is located on the first floor of Kilgour Wing. Nestled among tall pine trees, the unit overlooks nature from large picture windows. The fully equipped and spacious hospital rooms offer private or double accommodation, set in a comfortable home-like environment. There is a fee for private accommodation.

We encourage individuals to personalize their room by bringing items such as TVs, radios, pictures, etc. from home. The facilities for visitors include a lounge with television and VCR, a kitchen, a quiet room with telephone, plus bedside cots for an overnight visitor. In collaboration with the team, families, as defined by the patient, are encouraged to be involved in the care of their loved one.

Palliative care unit elevator

Near elevator

Reception area 

Reception area

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Our visiting hours

Please see our visitors page for information about visiting hours, parking, pets and washrooms.

Palliative care renovation project

McDermott House Launch

Thanks to a generous gift from McDermott House Canada, the first stages of a renovation to the palliative care unit will soon begin.

The revitalized space will offer patients and their loved ones the most comforting environment possible, while receiving top-quality care from our dedicated palliative health care professionals.

This renovation will:

  • Expand and renovate our palliative care unit to provide the amenities and comforts of home.
  • Create comfortable bedrooms with sleeping chairs and sofas, desks, wall units and Internet connectivity to support patients and their loved ones.
  • Enhance and beautify common areas to encourage families to use these spaces to celebrate special occasions.
Staff area

Staff area

Staff area


To become involved by supporting this important project, please click here.

Smoking policy

Sunnybrook is a completely smoke-free environment. Committed to providing the safest and healthiest environment possible, and in collaboration with Ontario law, Sunnybrook has adopted a smoke-free policy that prohibits smoking on all hospital property and grounds. The policy applies to all patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, students, visitors and contractors that are within the boundaries of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Special consideration has been given to veterans living in the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. We appreciate your cooperation with this important hospital-wide initiative.

Contact Info

For more information please contact:
Admissions for
Palliative Care Unit K1E/K1C
Telephone: 416-480-6182
Fax: 416-480-6118

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