New Nova Scotia hospice floods, patients moved to hospital

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A Nova Scotia hospice that just opened this fall has flooded, leading patients to be moved to a nearby hospital.

Nova Scotia Health said six patients at Valley Hospice in Kentville, N.S., were taken safely to the Valley Regional Hospital on Friday afternoon after a flood at the facility.

According to a release, hospice staff have accompanied the patients to their new temporary home and will continue to care for them there until they can return to the hospice.

In an email Saturday, health authority spokesperson Ann Keddy said the location and extent of the damage are still under investigation. She said contact has been made with the insurer, and cleanup is underway this weekend.

When asked about when patients could return, Keddy said it depends on the extent of repairs needed and when that work can be completed.

Opened in September

"While we understand this situation is upsetting for patients and their families, we want to assure everyone that patients are continuing to receive excellent care," Keddy said.

COVID-19 visitor restrictions in the hospice are the same as in hospital, Keddy said. Those in palliative care and others near end of life are permitted two support people per day, so families will see little difference in how they can visit their loved ones.

The hospice opened in September, long after the idea to bring hospice care to the area was first proposed in 1993. The Valley Hospice Foundation incorporated as a registered charity in 2000 and ground was broken in 2018.

It has 10 private bedrooms for people in need of end-of-life care, but are unable to stay at home or in hospital.

The hospice is the second in the province. The first opened in Halifax in 2019.

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