What to Expect

Nursing Care

Each person is assigned a Primary Nurse and an Associate Nurse for the length of this stay and future stays. The Nurses work with you to help address your treatment goals and plan your care. They provide health teaching to increase your understanding of your illness and the various medications that are prescribed for symptom relief. They advocate on your behalf and help plan your discharge and follow up care.

The Associate Nurse will perform the above roles in the absence of your Primary Nurse.

We encourage you to be as independent as possible and to participate actively in day to day therapeutic activities. This would include:

  • Participating in safety and treatment plans relating to your care
  • Participating in your assigned groups
  • Completing assignments provided by your Therapist and/or Psychiatrist
  • Using approved leaves of absence to assess your readiness to return to the community

Confidentiality - It's Your Decision

Any information about your Hospital stay is confidential.  The Hospital cannot give out any information about you to anyone, including family members, without your verbal or written consent. 

Family and friends can play a vital role in your recovery.  We encourage you to consider involving them during your stay. 

Patient Rights - Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act is the legislation that safeguards the rights of patients in Ontario. If you are an involuntary patient, you may request or be requested to meet with a Patient Rights Advisor to review concerns or answer questions.

The Patient Rights Advisor can be reached at the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office by calling 1-800-578-2343.

Personal Belongings / Valuables

You will need only a small number of items: 

  • Street Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Sleepwear, Slippers

Due to our limited storage space please respect that we ask you to keep the number of items you bring with you to a minimum.

For safety reasons:

  • All belongings must be searched upon arrival by staff.
  • All sharp objects such as razors, scissors or nail clippers will be kept at the Nursing Station.
  • Small electrical appliances (shaver, hair dryer, etc.) must first be kept at the Nursing Station to be checked by the Hospital's Maintenance Department.

Joseph Brant Hospital is not responsible for the loss or theft of your personal belongings.  We encourage you to return any valuables, medications or money (more than $20.00) home. 

Laptop, iPod and/or cell phone use is not permitted on the Unit.  

Before You Leave Joseph Brant Hospital

Before you leave the Hospital, we will discuss follow up plans with you, based on your individual needs and preferences.  They may include referrals to other Hospital services, community agencies and/or a Physician.  You will be given a discharge information sheet with a list of your medications and your follow up appointment(s).  Please take that information sheet and give it to your Family Physician at your next appointment.

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