Day of Your Operation

Arrive 3 hours before your scheduled operation time:

Pre-Operative Care Unit (POCU)
​​​​​​​​​​Toronto Western Hospital​
Fell Pavilion – 2nd Floor, Room 116
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All hospital entrances are open by 6 am, however the Leonard entrance (between Nassau and Wales) is easiest to acc​ess.

What do I need to bring with me to the hospital?
  • Your health card (OHIP). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport or other provincial health card)
  • All the medicines you take in their original bottles (or a full list from your pharmacy)
  • Clean, loose-fitting clothes and flat shoes
  • An Ortho brace and crutches, if your surgeon has asked you to use them after surgery
  • Hearing aids, dentures and glasses, if you need them
  • Insurance or drug card to buy any prescription medicine
  • WSIB number
  • Loose-fitting pants, track pants with wide bottoms, or loose-fitting tear-away pants. Do not wear tight fitting pants or blue jeans.

Leave your valuables at home such as jewellery, watches and credit cards. The hospital is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

What will happen on the morning of my operation?
  • We will prepare you for the operation.
  • The operating room nurse and surgeon will talk to you before you go into the operating room.
  • If you did not see the anesthetist in the Pre-Admission Clinic, you will meet them before your operation.
  • We give you a hospital gown, pajama bottoms, a robe, a hair cover and slippers to change into. We also give you a locker for your belongings.
  • Your nurse checks your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, breathing, blood sugar and height and weight.
  • We will mark the area where we are doing your operation.
  • We will give you an intravenous (IV) drip. This is a small needle that we put in a vein in your arm. We use it to give you one or all of the following: fluids; antibiotics; pain medications.
  • You may be given a pre-operative anesthetic block to decrease the post operative pain. The anesthetist will discuss this with you.
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