Montreal General Hospital
1650 Cedar Avenue
Canada H3G 1A4
The Montreal General Hospital (MGH), founded in 1821, enjoys a distinguished world reputation, as well as an impressive history of community service. The Montreal General Hospital, a pioneer hospital in North America, introduced teaching at the bedside and founded the first medical school in Canada — the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.
The hospital has remained allied as a teaching hospital for the century and a half of the Faculty’s existence. The Montreal General Hospital is dedicated
to patient care through diagnosis, treatment, research and teaching.
Patient Information Guide
Entrances are located on the North (Cedar Avenue) and South (Pine Avenue) sides of the hospital.
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Directions to the hospital
Bus and Metro
The nearest Metro station is Guy-Concordia on the green line. You may also exit
at the Atwater or Sherbrooke Metro stations.
Bus access from these stations is very convenient. From the Guy-Concordia or
- Bus 166, 165, 66 or R435
From the Atwater station:
- Bus 144
For more information on public transportation call (514) 288-6287, or dial AUTOBUS.
From Sherbrooke Street, take Côte-des-Neiges Avenue North; by St. Denis Street take Pine Avenue West.
If coming by the Decarie Autoroute, West Island or Champlain Bridge, follow the signs leading to "Montréal Centre-Ville, autoroute Ville-Marie" and exit at Guy Street. At the first light, turn right onto René Lévesque. Follow this street until you reach Guy Street and turn left heading North. Continue North on Guy Street until you reach the hospital.
Parking is available on-site via the Pine Avenue and Cedar Avenue entrances. Reserved areas and signage must be respected at all times. The City of Montreal is permitted to issue parking tickets for vehicles illegally parked on Montreal General Hospital grounds.
Getting a Hospital Card
Upon arrival, you should register with the Admissions Office, B1.141, and have a Montreal General Hospital card made, if you don't already have one. You should also bring your valid Medicare card.
What to Bring
Please bring all medications that you are taking. This will ensure that the admitting physician or nurse can verify the exact medication and dose that you have been prescribed.
Although the hospital provides hospital gowns, you may feel more comfortable in your own pyjamas/ clothing, housecoat, and slippers/shoes. You should bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, shaving items, soap, skin lotion, sanitary supplies and other personal-care articles. Since storage is limited, you are asked not to bring large suitcases.
At the time of admission, you will be asked to sign a general consent form for treatment and tests. For patients under the age of 14 years, the person with parental authority will be asked to sign on the patient's behalf. For patients who are mentally incapacitated, the curator, spouse, tutor or close relative may sign the consent form. For further information, contact the Ombudsman at extension 48306 or Social Services at extension 48027.
At the same time, you will be asked whether or not you agree to release medical information to your insurance company and/or to referring doctors, hospitals or clinics. You may choose not to release information outside the hospital.
Nutrition plays an important role in our overall health, treatment and recovery. A professional team of nutritionists/clinical dietitians is available to manage your nutrition care throughout your hospital stay. If you have other questions you can call the Department of Clinical Nutrition, extension 44707.
The cafeteria is located on the fourth floor, E.4.149, and sells meals and snacks. It is open to patients and visitors during the following hours:
- 6:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
- 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and most statutory holidays
Vending machines (food and drinks) can be found on the sixth floor near the Cedar Avenue Main Entrance and also on the first floor opposite the Pine Cafe (in small alcove).
During your stay you may welcome the help of family members or close friends. Visiting hours throughout the hospital are flexible, depending on the needs of patients and their family and friends. There may be times, however, when your friends or relatives will be asked to wait before seeing you. This is usually because tests, procedures or medical interviews are taking place. In general, children are welcome to visit but it may be helpful to discuss this and other special visiting arrangements with your nurse or the head nurse of the unit. At times, the nursing staff may limit visiting in the best interest of the patients.
Information about Patients
Your family or friends may call your unit any time (day or night) for information about you. To get the phone number of the unit, call 48022. For security and confidentiality reasons, information can be relayed only to those whom you, the patient, have authorized to receive information. Please choose a representative who will pass information on to other members of the family.