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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Your Pre-Admission Visit

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Please note: If you do not come for your pre-admission visit, your surgery will be cancelled unless other arrangements have been made for you​​

Usually 2 to 3 weeks before your operation, you will have a pre-admission appointment at Toronto General Hospital​. This appointment could take up to 6 hours, or sometimes longer. You can eat before your appointment (and you may want to bring a snack), unless your doctor has told you not to. Please wear clothes that you can easily remove and put back on for examinations and tests. During your pre-admission visit, we will take you on a tour of 10 Eaton South, the inpatient ward where you will go after surgery. Our physiotherapist may show you the Step Down Unit during this tour. ​

Pre-Admission Clinic
​​​​​​​​​Toronto General Hospital
Eaton Building – Ground Floor, Room 400 
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What should I bring to my Pre-Admission appointment?
  •  Your health card (OHIP card). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport.
  • Any other insurance cards. You will need the policy number of your extended health insurance, if you have any.
  •  Your spouse/partner, a trusted friend or family member (to offer you support and be a second set of ears).
  •  All of your current medications in their original bottles or a list of all of your current medications.
  •  Name/address of your pharmacy.
  •  Name/address of your family doctor.
  •  A list of any questions you may have.
What happens during my pre-admission visit?
  • The admitting clerk will register you.
  • We will conduct blood work and, if ordered, we will take an ECG and chest x-rays.
  • The nurse will ask about your health history and complete an in-depth assessment to help us manage your stay safely.
  • You may have an appointment with the anesthetist, if ordered by your surgeon. This is arranged if you have a history of heart problems, breathing problems, problems with anesthetics, or any other conditions in the past that your surgeon may want to assess.
  • You will see the pharmacist, who will record any medication you are currently taking.
  • To get to know you better and to prepare for your operation, your health care team may ask you questions about:​​​
    • ​​​​Your medical history
    • Everyday activities you do
    • What you normally eat
    • Who they should call in case of emergency
    • Details of your Power of Attorney for Personal Care or your Substitute Decision Maker or living will, if you have one.​