Information for surgical patients

Before you arrive

What is the Pre-Admission Facility visit?

Pre-Admission refers to the processes you follow in preparation for surgery. The visit will determine what procedures are to be followed in your case.

Please download the Pre-Admission Facility Pamphlet (49 KB pdf file) or pick one up in the Pre-Admission Facility in the Hospital. Read it and bring it with you to your visit. It contains full instructions on how to prepare for the visit. The information we have provided here is intended for further information.

What will my visit include?

  • A nurse will assess your condition.
  • The procedures to be followed before, during, and after surgery will be explained to you.
  • You will be able to ask questions about the procedures, the surgery, and the Hospital.
  • A doctor will examine your physical condition and medical history.
  • If required, you will have blood tests, X-rays, ECG or other test(s) as ordered by the surgeon.
  • As required, the doctor may refer you to an anesthetist, medical specialist or endocrinologist prior to admission further assess you medical condition and to determine whether surgery can take place the same day as admission. We will try to coordinate appointments with your pre-admission visit.

How long will my visit take?

Your visit may be as brief as one and a half hours. However, plan to spend in excess of five hours in the Pre-Admission Facility if your surgeon has requested any consults with specialists.

What should I bring to my Pre-Admission Facility visit?

  • Our Pre-Admission Facility Pamphlet for directions and pre-admission information, which is available for you to download (49 KB pdf file).
  • Any pre-admission information given to you by your doctor.
  • Your Ontario Health Card.
  • Details about your private insurance plan and its coverage (bring in cards to be stamped on the back of admitting sheet for billing purposes).
  • An interpreter if you need assistance communicating in English.
  • Any prescriptions and non-prescription medications that you are currently taking, in their correctly labelled containers. These also include:
    • eye drops
    • ear drops
    • cough syrups
    • inhaler
    • laxatives
  • Be prepared to provide your complete medical and surgical history.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete the necessary hospital registration information.

Please Note

You may eat your breakfast and take your medications as usual when you come to your Pre-Admission Facility visit.

The Department of Anesthesia advises that you stop smoking before surgery.

What if I have to cancel my visit?

If you are unable to keep the booked pre-admission visit appointments, please contact the booking clerks between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, at the following numbers:

  • 416-864-5689
  • 416-864-6074
  • 416-864-5436