Health Connect Ontario
Help is close at hand. You can connect with a registered nurse day or night for free, secure, and confidential health advice. You don’t need to provide your health insurance number. It doesn’t hurt to call 811.
What is Health Connect Ontario?
Health Connect Ontario replaced Telehealth Ontario in April 2022. It is available 24/7, online and by phone. You can get safe, high-quality health advice from a registered nurse, and avoid unnecessary visits to the emergency room.
It is an easy way to get health care advice when your own care providers are not available after hours. The nurse can help you decide your best first step, such as care for yourself, make an appointment with your doctor, go to a clinic, contact a community service or go to the hospital.
It does not replace your family physician. In a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
How does Health Connect Ontario work?
You have the option to complete a “Run System Check” to help Health Connect Ontario staff better understand your situation, learn about your symptoms and provide advice to you.
When you click “Chat with Us” link, you can chat online with a Health Care Navigator who can help you connect with a qualified health professional to answer your health-related questions or concerns. At any time during the chat, you can enter your phone number for a call back. Combining chat with a phone call is helpful if your enquiry is complex and easier to discuss verbally.
When should I use Health Connect Ontario?
When you have a general health question and not sure what to do, access Health Connect Ontario online or by phone. Within minutes, your questions will be answered, providing you with peace of mind. Connecting with Health Connect Ontario will give you confidential advice about concerns such as:
- Symptoms that could require medical attention
- Illness or injury
- Chronic illnesses
- Nutrition and healthy lifestyles
- Teen health and lifestyle issues
- Mental health concerns
- Breastfeeding support
- Refugee health support
- Medical assistance in dying support
An added service to Health Connect Ontario is when you need to find health services such as if you need to find a new doctor near you. You can also search an online medical library to learn more about medical terms or conditions when you visit Health Connect Ontario.
Health Connect Ontario does not replace 911 – that’s always the first number you should call in emergency situations.