Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are NOT acceptable. When you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner a hospital approved mask will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Patients going for a procedure where they must remove the mask will be asked to keep it ready to be put back on once the procedure is completed.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

    Surgical Wait Times

    Launched in 2004, Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy was originally developed to improve access to five key health services with a goal to reducing wait times for these areas: cancer surgery, cardiac procedures, cataract surgery, hip and knee replacement and MRI and CT scans. The strategy has since evolved – expanding to include all surgeries performed in Ontario and a new strategy being developed to reduce emergency room (ER) wait times. These strategies have been supported through significant investments to increase the number of surgeries and procedures being delivered, implementing new initiatives to improve ER processes and creating a system of accountability through transparent reporting of wait time information.

    Please visit to obtain Health Sciences North data on wait times.

    Please note that cancer surgery is part of every specialty and cancer surgery wait-times are reported to Cancer Care Ontario according to cancer site (type). You can find these wait times at