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Referring a Patient

UHN's Patient Referral Process

"The professional staff was just fabulous in keeping us up-to-date on my mother's condition and making arrangements for her to go back to her home hospital."- UHN patient

University Health Network, comprised of Princess Margaret, Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, focuses on various illnesses and diseases and specializes in complex or severe cases.

To become a patient at any of our three hospitals, you must be referred to one of our physicians through a doctor. Your doctor must send a referral letter and other related documents required by the hospital. The list of required documents can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section. Proof of Ontario health insurance (“OHIP”) or other Canadian provincial or federal health insurance is needed before a referral is accepted.

The referral process for all UHN hospitals can take up to three weeks to process. Patients with an immediate need for care may have their referral processed within 24 to 72 hours, on a physician-to-physician basis. The wait time for a new referral approval is different from wait times for current UHN patients.

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