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After being referred by your surgeon, you will visit our clinic at least 24 hours before your surgery.
We ensure that educational information is available to you and your family prior to your surgery so that you are fully informed about your impending hospital visit.
We also evaluate your health, identify risk factors and, if necessary, implement measures to prepare higher-risk patients for elective surgery. Our interprofessional team works collaboratively on your assessment.
During your pre-admission visit, we may determine that further testing, including echocardiograms, stress tests and cardiology consults, is needed before your surgery. We will make every effort to complete these procedures in a timely manner.
Our services include:
Our Telehealth services allow our patients who live outside of Toronto and who will be visiting one of our hospitals for surgery to complete their pre-admission assessments from their local community. This helps to cut down on the costs and inconvenience that can come with travelling. Ask the Pre-Admission Clinic staff if your pre-admission assessments can be completed using our Telehealth services. Learn more about
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Toronto General Hospital
Medical Director: Dr. Ian RandallManager: Laura CormanInterim Advanced Practice Clinical Educator: Carolyn Dol
Toronto Western Hospital
Medical Director: Dr. Atul PrabhuManager: Sylvia BlanchardPatient Care Coordinator: Georgeta C. Savu
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. 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.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.