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What to Expect

​​​​For pre-transplant appointments with a social worker, you will need to bring at least one support person with you. For appointments with psychiatry and mental health nurses, you will generally be seen alone for your initial assessment.

What to Bring

  • List of all medications you are currently taking and any past psychiatric medications you have taken. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements, and herbal remedies.
  • List of past or present psychiatric or addiction services you have used. They include counsellors, therapists, and support groups.
  • Record of any changes in your mood or mental health. Make notes about any changes in your condition that you've noticed in the last few months.
  • Questions to ask. Bring a list of questions to your appointment to help you remember everything you want to ask.

Social Work Assessment

  • Make note of your current drug coverage. Be aware of what your current drug coverage is and whether it is private or provincial.
  • Think about who you will appoint as your Power of Attorney (POA). Your Power of Attorney is the person who will be making your medical decisions in the event that you are incapacitated or unable to communicate.
  • Identify your support persons. They can be your spouse, family, children and/or friends.

When You Arrive

The first person you meet at the Transplant Psychosocial Team is the receptionist. To sign in with the receptionist you will need your 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).

Self-Report Tools

You may be given self-report tools to fill out before or during your appointment. These scales provide us with feedback on your current mood, anxiety, physical health symptoms, and lifestyle factors.

How Long Will Your Appointment Be?

First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 60 to 90 minutes. Follow-up appointments usually take from 45 minutes to an hour.

Before You Leave

After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about what your plan of care will be. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if there is anything you should follow-up with before your next visit. If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.