Your physician has referred you to an oncologist.
What can you expect?
My previous post, Preparing for a Visit With a Specialist, provides some more suggestions.
If you live in a rural area, as we do, you must face a big trip into the city to visit the hospital.
What I find is that if it is the regular driver who is having treatment, the spouse, or partner or another family member must drive. This can provide its own concerns.
Remember that there are several strategies to find transportation to get to the Cancer Centre: Community Home Support provides drivers (e.g., CHSPC.ca), contact your local CCAC for a self-referral.
The Canadian Cancer Society (ONT) provides volunteer drivers. For for those on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability, contact your case manager.
- Firstly, check out the hospital's website. It will provide you with some information, e.g. The Cancer Clinic, including driving directions.
- Make sure you know what to bring on your first visit.
- Gather together your OHIP card; the name, phone number and address of your GP; any
My ducky and I assisted a client
- Check out any specific instructions. For example, the Ottawa General Hospital states that you must first check in and register at the main desk. If you do not have a hospital card, you will be issued one.
- Parking is not cheap. Several hospitals charge $14 or $15 per day.
- Take a pen and paper.
- Be prepared to answer the Self-reporting History form (PDF). In fact, print it and take it with you. It will save you time and energy.
- Take a family member or friend. Contact your local Community Home Support CCAC office, or your local hospice, if you need someone to attend with you. I have perform
Volunteer driver with step-stool
- Prepare a list of questions if you have them. Please read this post regarding treatment plans, treatment options, side effects.
- Bring something to read or to do: puzzles, magazine, a book.
- Prepare a snack, bring water or juice.
- Bring your drug benefit card, if you have additional health insurance.
- Do not wear perfume. It's not fair to anyone in hospital.
- Know that there are always volunteers to assist you, should you require it.