Leaving the Hospital

This section of our website will provide you with useful information regarding your transition once you’re ready to leave the hospital.

When you are ready to leave the hospital, your care team will work with you and your family on a discharge plan to ensure you’re prepared to go home or transition to the next step in your recovery journey in the community. If you have any questions about your discharge, your care team is here to help.

Discharge time:

Once your care team has determined that you’re ready to be discharged from the hospital, you will want to let your family know so they can pick you up or arrange for transportation.

Discharges typically happen by 11 a.m. each day.

Being picked up from the hospital:

Your family can pick you up directly on the unit or at one of the designated pick-up locations near the main entrance at both hospitals.

If you need help arranging for transportation, please speak with your care team. Please note that while your care team may help to arrange for transport, Mackenzie Health does not pay the cost of transportation to leave the hospital.  

Next steps:

As part of your discharge planning, your care team will work with you and your family to identify and enroll in any community supports you may need to continue your recovery at home. Please note that not all community services are fully funded and there may be costs incurred.

The provincial government passed legislation (More Beds, Better Care Act, 2022) authorizing hospital care teams and home and community care services to make decisions around patients who no longer need to be cared for in a hospital but who still require an Alternate Level of Care (ALC).

For more information on More Beds, Better Care Act, 2022, see https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/s22016