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

Usually 2 to 3 weeks before your procedure, you will have an appointment at Toronto Western 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.

Gamma Knife Clinic
Toronto Western Hospital
McLaughlin Pavilion ​
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What should I bring to my pre-admission visit?
  • Your health card (OHIP card), or 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 MRI​.
  • The nurse will ask about your health history and complete an in-depth assessment to help us manage your stay safely.
  • 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 you 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.
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