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

You will have an appointment at the Pre-Admission Clinic 1 to 3 weeks before your operation. This visit is very important to assess your health and help you prepare for your operation and recovery. Plan for your visit to take 2 – 5 hours. On the day of your pre-admission visit, take your medications and eat as usual, unless you were given other instructions.​

Pre-Admission Clinic
​​​​​​​​​Toronto General Hospital
Eaton Building – Ground Floor, Room 400 
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IMPORTANT: Unless you are given other instructions, you must come to your Pre-Admission Clinic visit or your surgery may be cancelled.

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 medications you are taking in their original bottles. You should bring your prescription medications and any medications, supplements, herbs and natural products that you buy without a prescription.
  • ​A list of any questions you may have about the operation and recovery. 
  • A copy of your power of attorney for personal care and/or advanced directives.
  • The name or phone number of your pharmacy, as well as any medical specialists that you have seen in the past 3 years. 
  • If you have had a cardiac stress test, echocardiogram and/or a pulmonary function test in the past 3 years, it would be helpful to bring a copy of the final report with you to this appointment.
What happens during my pre-admission visit?
  • You will have blood tests and routine skin swabs. We will take swabs from your nose and other areas of your body to check for germs that could cause infections.
  • You may also need an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart and a chest x-ray to check your lungs.
  • You will meet many health care providers during your pre-admission visit. Please feel free to ask them any questions you may have.​​​
    • ​​​​A pre-admission nurse will review your health history and give you information to prepare you for your operation, including directions for cleaning your skin, eating before your operation, taking your medications and pain management.
    • A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), a specialist in the care of women with cancer of the reproductive system, will review the plans for your operation and teach you how to care for yourself after the operation.
    • A pharmacist will review your medications.​
  • Depending on your needs, you may also meet:
    • ​​​​​An anesthetist who will review your health history, discuss your anesthetic and pain relief after the operation.
    • ​A member of the medicine team, if you have other health problems.
    • A member of the thrombosis team, if you take blood thinners or have had a blood clot.​​