Palliative Care

The Port Perry Palliative Care Team is a multidisciplinary team that cares for patients and their families through the various stages of a terminal illness. We focus on compassionate care of the whole person, attending to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

The physicians of Medical Associates of Port Perry are dedicated to provide all patients in our area with compassionate, excellent end-of-life care. We are members of the Central East End-of-Life Network and the Durham Region Palliative Care Physicians Group. The same physicians care for people in the home, the clinic and the hospital, providing vital continuity of care. We work in liaison with the entire healthcare team, including nursing, allied health, chaplaincy, social work and the Community Access to Care Centre.

The Palliative Care physicians also care for patients at the Oak Ridges Hospice Morgan and Sidhu House. This is a specialized home-like facility for the care of people at the end of life, located in Port Perry. For more information, visit

Most family physicians will continue to care for their patients through all stages of their illness. In some circumstances, they will consult with one of the physicians on the palliative care team for advice on advanced management of pain or other troublesome symptoms. Patients facing a terminal illness who don’t have a family physician in the area can be referred to the Palliative Care doctor on call at the North Durham Family Health Team (call 905-985-2895 ext. 6070).

The team has a palliative care physician on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who can be contacted through the locating department at Lakeridge Health, 905-576-8711 (please be sure to ask for “The Palliative Care physician on-call for Port Perry”), Home and Community Care nurse or the Lakeridge Health Port Perry Emergency Department.

Referrals are also accepted via the Ocean eRefferals portal:

Advance Care Planning

How would you choose to be treated if you were to fall seriously ill?

Advance Care Planning means preparing and sharing your wishes for future health care. It can help you tell others what would be important if you were ill and unable to communicate.

Speak Up Ontario provides useful tools and resources to assist in developing your Advance Care Plan, including an online workbook to walk you through the process.

Dr. Steve Russell encourages you to lean into important conversations with your family about advance care directives during COVID-19 pandemic.