What to Bring

​​​For your stay, bring the following items. If you forget to bring anything with you or if you arrive in our inpatient unit after visiting our emergency department or transferring from another hospital, a friend or family member can bring the items after you have been admitted.

Documents and Information

  • Health card (OHIP card). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, or other provincial health card). Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
  • Information about private health insurance or other health benefits. If you have private health insurance or receive other health benefits, this may help to cover the cost of preferred accommodation if you request to stay in a semi-private or private room.
  • A copy of any advance directive (power of attorney or living will) you may have. Learn more about advance care planning and decision making
  • Contact details for other health care providers who have been involved in your care, to help us ensure continuity in your care
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of your family members, friends or other emergency contacts, and your family doctor


  • All your medications in their original bottles
  • A complete list of medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, non-prescription medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Loose, comfortable clothing to wear during the day and clothes to sleep in, such as a nightgown or pajamas and a robe
  • Socks and comfortable shoes with non-skid rubber soles, such as running shoes. If you have limited movement in your arms or hands, we recommend bringing shoes with Velcro straps.
  • Slippers (rubber soles and closed backs are preferred)
  • Toiletries, such as a toothbrush, tissues or lip and skin moisturizer. Please do not bring any scented products​.
  • Hearing aids and batteries, dentures and eyeglasses
  • Walking aids, such as a cane or walker, or a wheelchair, labelled with your name and phone number

You May Want to Bring

  • A cell phone or a phone card for long-distance calls. Your room will include a phone you can use for a fee.
  • Small personal items, such as plants or framed photographs
  • An MP3 player or other equipment for listening to music, and headphones so you do not disturb other patients. Please show your nurse any electrical items you bring, as items need to be checked to make sure they can be used safely in the inpatient unit.
  • Earplugs
  • A small amount of cash for newspapers, coffee or other small purchases
  • Anything that will make your stay more comfortable, such as books or other diversions. Guest Wi-Fi is available.

We do not take responsibility for your money or valuables. If you choose to bring them into the hospital, you are doing so at your own risk.​

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