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Paramedics Providing Palliative Care at Home

Palliative patients in Nova Scotia can access support from paramedics for pain and symptom management, at home.

All 1,400 ground-ambulance paramedics in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have received training to increase their skills and resources to manage palliative care symptoms – such as pain, breathlessness, fear and anxiety.

Before this project, 9-1-1 calls for palliative care patients required paramedics to transport them to hospital.

In Nova Scotia, registering in EHS Nova Scotia's Special Patient Program will make it simpler for paramedics to provide care that is consistent with patients' wishes.

Project partners are the Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Emergency Health Services, Dalhousie University's department of emergency medicine, Health P.E.I. and Island EMS. The project has financial support from the Canadian Partnership against Cancer and Health Canada.

TO ENROLL IN THE SPP: Download the Enrolment in the Special patient Program Form – Please note that the enrollment form is to be completed by health care providers in discussion with patients/families/substitute decision makers. Please type directly in this form, and submit electronically to EHS (please note faxed applications will no longer be accepted). Instructions for electronic submission are provided at the end of the enrollment form. Due to PHIA legislation – emailed application forms cannot be accepted.

For more information about paramedics providing palliative care support in Nova Scotia, please call project manager Michelle Harrison at 902-473-3351, or email her at .