At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international
source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
The Newsroom is the source for media looking for information about UHN or trying to connect with one
of our experts for an interview. It's also the place to find UHN media policies and catch up on our news stories, videos, media releases,
podcasts and more.
Sometimes a patient becomes incapable of making health care decisions. Being incapable may last a short or long time. It may recur over a period of time. A patient may be incapable for making one kind of decision, but not another kind. While the patient is incapable, someone else must be responsible for making decisions on their behalf. When the patient regains capacity, a Substitute Decision-Maker is no longer needed.
To decide who will speak on your behalf should you become incapable, think carefully about who you feel would understand, honour and follow your wishes, and would be most capable of making medical decisions on your behalf as your Substitute Decision-Maker. This may be a spouse, an adult child, a trusted family member or a good friend. Your Substitute Decision-Maker should be someone you know well and trust, because this person will be making decisions about your health and personal care. It is a good idea to check with the person before appointing him or her as a Substitute Decision-Maker to make sure the person is both willing and able to perform this role.
You can name your Substitute Decision-Maker in a
Power of Attorney for Personal Care. You can appoint 1 person, 2 people or a primary person and a back-up person.
In Ontario, the law provides that even if you do not appoint someone to act on your behalf, you will still always have a Substitute Decision-Maker that the health professional must turn to get consent or refusal of consent to any treatments for you.
Your legally determined Substitute Decision-Maker is the person highest on this list that applies to you:
If none of your relatives are able or willing to act as a Substitute Decision-Maker, the Public Guardian and Trustee will make decisions for you.
When you have decided on your Substitute Decision-Maker, it can be helpful for both of you to talk about future care. By expressing your wishes to your Substitute Decision-Maker, you can make sure that this person understands and respects how you feel, and will make decisions that are right for you. This conversation will also give your Substitute Decision-Maker a chance to ask questions and to confirm that he or she understands what kind of care and treatment you want.