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Palliative care in Kamloops gets funding boost

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January 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS – Hospice palliative care support in Kamloops is getting a funding boost from the provincial government.

The province has pledged $123,000 to hospice palliative care in Kamloops, according to a B.C. Government media release.

"Our strategy includes specialized education for staff; dedicated resources in the form of a medical director and newly created nurse specialist roles; and the introduction of designated palliative beds, including those announced here," Interior Health board chair John O'Fee says in the release.

The Kamloops Hospice Society is set to receive $120,000 from the B.C. Centre for Palliative Care. The funds will go toward four new hospice beds at Overlander Residential Care. The project is scheduled for completion in February 2017.

Additionally, $3,000 has been pledged to the Kamloops Hospice Society to support patients and their families.

"This funding will help support Kamloops residents as they near the end of their life's journey, ensuring their dignity as well as maintaining their comfort during what can be a very emotional time for themselves and loved ones," Health Minister Terry Lake says in the release.

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