Palliative Care

The Riverview Health Centre Palliative Care Unit (3 East) is a 30-bed specialty inpatient unit.

A picture of RHC Palliative Care Unit room

The unit is designated for the care of patients with life-limiting illnesses who have been registered with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program and require the knowledge and expertise of an interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team.

The focus of care on 3 East

is on providing symptom relief and emotional support to help patients achieve the best quality of life possible.

Admissions to 3 East

A picture of RHC hallway

All patients admitted to 3 East must first be registered with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program. Physicians may refer their patients to the Palliative Care Program for assessment and registration. Admissions to 3E are co-ordinated through the Palliative Care Co-ordinators or the Palliative Care Physician (after regular business hours). Once a patient’s symptoms have been managed, discharge home or to a hospice or personal care home may be appropriate.

Your Stay on 3 East

  • All of the patient rooms are single rooms with a private bathroom.
  • A stove and microwave are available in the unit dining room for your use.
  • If you choose, you may bring some of your own food, but it must be labelled and dated if you wish to store the food in the unit fridge. Space is limited for storage in the fridge.
  • Riverview Health Centre cannot be responsible for personal items brought in to the facility. Please leave your valuables at home.
  • Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Riverview Health Centre Foundation, televisions with cable and VCRs are provided free of charge in each room. A library of movies and books is available for your enjoyment.
  • Computer and Internet access for patients and families is available through a central work station on the unit.
  • Private telephones are available in each room for a nominal fee.
  • An interfaith chapel is open to all and holds regularly scheduled services.
  • Riverview is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is prohibited in our buildings or on our grounds. Patients must arrange for family or friends to accompany them outside.

Your Questions

How can my family member be admitted to your palliative care unit?

The WRHA palliative care program team members determine who gets admitted to our beds. When you have a life-limiting illness, your physician can refer you to the program.  As part of their range of palliative care services, and as our beds become available, members of this team determine which patients on their program require our specialized in-patient services.

Learn more about how this works:

Key Contact

For more information on this program, contact the Patient Care Manager at:


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