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Escort Information

From hospitals to speciality clinics to community health centres and beyond, our comprehensive network means we can provide our patients with any medical assistance they may need.

Escort InformationEssential, comprehensive
patient care

Escorts of Ottawa patients provide an essential service that extends the comprehensiveness of patient care.

Nunavut‘s Travel Policy states that a Client Escort is required

There is a need for legal consent by a Guardian.

The Client has a mental or physical condition of a nature that he or she is not able to travel unassisted.

The Client is a unilingual Inuit language speaking Client and interpreter services are not available at the Approved Centre.

The Escort will participate in the Client’s treatment program and receive instructions on specific and essential home medical/nursing procedures that cannot be given to the Client only.

Note: Escorts should plan to be away for at least four weeks of continuous travel. If the patient becomes well enough to be on their own, the escort will be cleared for home. All decisions regarding escort travel approval are made in the north, not by the OHSNI/OBNHS team. Our role is to provide the team in the North with appropriate medical information about the patient requesting an escort.

When a patient in Ottawa requests an escort, a request form is completed and the case managers will send it off to the appropriate person in the north for approval.

Prior to travelling anyone who agrees to be an escort must sign the Client and Escort agreement which outlines the roles and responsibilities of the client and escort.