The process for receiving MAID includes a few steps. It can take about two weeks from your formal written request to receive MAID.
At UHN, you can speak to any member of your health care team to learn more about MAID. This person might be someone who you are comfortable with and trust. It may be a nurse, doctor, social worker, spiritual care provider or other member of the team. To be referred to MAID, you will need to speak to your doctor.
Tell your doctor that you want to receive MAID. Your doctor will:
If you decide to pursue MAID at UHN, your doctor will refer you for a MAID assessment.
Please note that if you do not feel at ease talking to members of your health care team about MAID, you can request a confidential consultation (private meeting) with a member of the Bioethics team. This can be done by calling the Director of Bioethics at 416 340 4800 x 8607. A bioethicist is someone who supports patients and family members dealing with ethical issues in a patient’s care.
Your health care team will continue to optimize supportive, palliative and general medical care. You may be referred for specialized physical and emotional support, if needed.
If you are eligible for MAID, you will need to complete the Patient MAID Request Form. You will need to sign this form in front of two separate witnesses. This is the law. Your witnesses must sign the form the same day you do. Your two witnesses must meet the following criteria:
Witnesses usually cannot be family members or any UHN staff person.
You need to schedule MAID at least 3 to 5 working days before you want to receive MAID. If you are an inpatient, you must speak with your health care team. If you are an outpatient, you will be given contact information for the MAID coordinator.
The MAID coordinator will arrange for you to meet the doctor who will perform the MAID procedure. The coordinator will also talk to you about:
You must be mentally capable of giving informed consent at the time you receive MAID.
Patients who want to receive MAID may be able to donate their organs and/or tissues. As with all imminent deaths, all patients will be referred to the Trillium Gift of Life Network to discuss the options of organ and tissue donation.
Remember: You have the right to change your mind at any time.
After a patient has received MAID, the MAID team or the patient’s health care providers will continue to offer emotional and practical support to family members, as needed. Speak to a member of the patient’s health care team, and visit our
Helpful Resources page, for more information.