How to Get Referred

Referral Information for Patients

​​You need a referral from your doctor and your current health care team to become a patient at the Stroke Rehab Inpatient Service.

When making a referral, your doctor will include:

  • An Inpatient Rehabilitation Referral Form
  • A Stroke Service Referral Form
  • Clinical notes
  • Tests, diagnostic reports (such as CT scans or MRIs) and any other relevant results

How Long Does a Referral Take?

After we receive your referral, our program service coordinator will contact your health care team to confirm your admission date and provide information about your inpatient stay.

Referral Information for Physicians

​​​Admission Criteria

The Stroke Rehab Inpatient Service is appropriate for patients who:

  • Have a confirmed diagnosis of a recent thrombolic, embolic or hemorrhagic stroke
  • Are medically stable
  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Show the potential to benefit from an intensive rehabilitation program ( i.e., follow commands, demonstrate carry-over of learning )
  • Have clear/identifiable rehab goals that can be achieved within the targeted length of stay
  • Demonstrate the willingness and ability to actively participate in the rehab program
  • Are able to tolerate a minimum of 3 hours of rehab activity daily
  • Do not demonstrate behaviours that would pose a risk to self or others
  • Do not require constant supervision by an attendant


Our Stroke Rehab Inpatient Service has a single-point entry system. All referrals are screened by our Stroke Rehab Inpatient Service Coordinator, who will discuss the referral with our admissions review group as needed.

Referrals should be made through the eStroke Referral system.

If you are not using this system, download and complete the Inpatient Rehabilitation Referral Form and the Stroke Service Referral Form​.

Once you have completed the forms, fax them to our Stroke Rehab Inpatient Service Coordinator at 416 597 7141.

Once we review your referral, the coordinator will contact the referrer with a decision or with any requests for further information. The referrer is responsible for providing the patient with the referral decision and admission information, if applicable.

Checklist for a Complete Referral

In addition to the completed referral forms, make sure to include:

  • Most recent neuroimaging to confirm stroke
  • Any relevant medical consultations pertaining to the stroke
  • Hospital discharge summaries or therapy notes

If this information is not included with the referral forms, your referral may be returned as incomplete.​

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