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Coastal Palliative Care

Supportive care, Palliative care and Hospice services for Coastal


The beautiful Lower Sunshine Coast is located on the mainland of British Columbia just a few miles north of Vancouver, but it is accessible only by a 45-minute ferry ride. St Mary’s Hospital, depicted in this issue’s cover photograph, is the community hospital for the entire Lower Coast. The hospital serves about 30 000 people in small communities ranging from Gibsons (home of that the south end up to Egmont (home of the famous Skookumchuck Rapids) about 100 km to the north. The population almost doubles during the summer months with visitors coming to enjoy the many activities available.

The Pharmacy Department, staffed by 2 FTE pharmacists and 2.5 FTE technicians, has active clinical (inpatient and outpatient) and chemotherapy programs in addition to a busy dispensary.

St. Mary’s Hospital offers a  – Full Service Community Chemotherapy Centres: Level III