Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities


The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is committed to providing exemplary patient care and to partner with patients and families.  In order to achieve these goals, PSFDH makes the following pledge to you - the patient.


Your Rights

  • You have the right to be treated in a considerate and respectful manner which considers your privacy and your right to confidentiality.
  • You have the right to receive relevant information and education concerning your condition, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in a manner which is understandable to you.
  • You have the right to make decisions about the plan of care prior to and at any time during the course of treatment.
  • You have the right to refuse care to the extent permitted by law.
  • You have the right to expect that members of your care team will communicate with one another in order to ensure continuity of care.
  • You have the right to know who is treating you at all times and which doctor is in charge of your treatment.
  • You have the right to express your concerns and receive a response to your questions.

Your Responsibilities

Your rights carry with them certain responsibilities. PSFDH asks you and your family (support person) to respect the following obligations:

  • Provide relevant information to the members of your health team to help them in the process of caring for you.
  • Facilitate the provision of your care by identifying a spokesperson with whom we can communicate or provide a valid power of attorney, in the event that you become incapacitated.
  • Follow the treatment plan created for you to the best of your ability.
  • Accept responsibility for the decision you make about your treatment.
  • Be courteous and respectful of other patients, visitors and members of the health care team.
  • Recognize that the needs of other patients and families may sometimes be more critical than your own.
  • Recognize that providers need not provide any treatment to patients that the province may consider to be medically or ethically inappropriate.
  • Respect Hospital property and comply with Hospital regulations and policies.
  • Understand and be responsible for all expenses not covered by OHIP or private insurance during your hospitalization.