Driving and Transportation

For four to six weeks (as directed by your surgeon) following surgery, you will not be allowed to drive a vehicle. As a result, it is very important for you to have transportation arranged to take you to and from the hospital for your surgery and also to appointments with your surgeon, family physician and physiotherapist.

Transportation from Hospital

If you are going to another hospital after surgery, transportation will be arranged for you.

If you are going to a long-term care facility, retirement home or private residence, you are responsible for arranging and paying for your transportation home. Discharges can occur at any time, seven days a week. We ask that you arrange your pick-up from the hospital by 11:00 a.m. on the day of discharge.

Your options include:

  • Friends or Family Member - pick up/discharge time is 11:00 a.m.
  • Taxi
  • Wheelchair Taxi OR Stretcher Transportation:
    • Voyago NonEmergency Patient Transfer
    • Telephone: 1-855-263-7163
    • Require payment at time of booking.
    • Call Centre Open 24/7.

Please note some third-party insurance companies may reimburse you either in part or in full for transportation costs. Check your insurance company for details.

At London Health Sciences Centre, we provide acute medical care to more than 650,000 patients each year.

By planning your ride home, as close to your discharge time as possible, you help us provide medical care to those patients who need it the most.

Transportation When Home

After surgery you may qualify for an accessible parking permit which will allow you to park in a designated accessible parking space. Please visit Service Ontario for more information.

If you are unable to have family or friends drive you after surgery, there are services available in the community that can assist with transport to appointments. Please visit South West Health Line for a list of available transportation services in London and area.

Please note that London Transit specialized transit services, including paratransit, require you to be a registered customer. Please visit the London Transit website for more information.