Driving and Transportation

For six weeks following surgery, you will not be allowed to drive a car.  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 or a long-term care facility, transportation will be arranged for you.

If you are going to a retirement home or private residence, you are responsible for arranging and paying for your transportation home. Pick up is 11:00am.

Your options include:

Friends or Family Member

  • Pick up/discharge time is 11:00 am


  • In London there are three taxi services:



U Need A Cab......519-438-2121

Wheelchair Taxi

  • Voyageur Transportation....519-455-4580

- Require payment at time of booking

- Accepts cash/ Visa/ Mastercard

- Basic cost - $48.00 plus mileage

- Fee to return wheelchair - $25.00

  • Refer to telephone book for other companies

Stretcher Transportation

  • Voyageur Transportation.......519-455-4580

- Requires payment at time of booking

- Accepts cash/ Visa/ Mastercard

- Basic cost - $80.00 plus mileage

  • Refer to telephone book for other companies

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.

Discharges can occur at anytime, 7 days a week. We ask that you arrange your pick-up from the hospital by 11:00 am on the day of discharge.

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 southwesthealthline.ca 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 London Transit for more information.