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Ethics Services

This picture has colourful hands with hearts in them and spells out the word ethics.


(519) 421-4218

Hours of Operation: 

Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


Contact the Ethics Consultation Service through the Vice President of Patient Care (519) 421-4218 or by e-mail at In off hours please leave a message with your name and phone number and your call will be returned on the next business day.

Ethics is the systematic examination of facts, beliefs, standards and values in determining the rightness or wrongness of decisions and actions. Ethics is not merely opinion or gut reaction, but involves reasoned deliberation to address the question: "What is the best thing to do, all things considered?". Clinical ethics promotes reflective practice and the making of “right” choices and decisions in the delivery of healthcare and the treatment of individual patients. Some examples of clinical ethics issues include whether to withdraw or withhold treatments for a patient at end of life, or uncertainty whether a patient is competent to refuse treatment.

At Woodstock Hospital, our Ethics Committee meets on a regular basis and is supported by Dr. Rob Butcher. Dr. Butcher has worked internationally as well as with Accreditation Canada and has extensive experience working as a Clinical Ethicist throughout Ontario. Anyone involved in a patient's care may call for support from the Ethics Consultation Service. This includes patients, family members, physicians and staff.