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What to Expect

​​​​​​​​​​​​Your surgeon's secretary will call you to give you a time for your first appointment at the Pre-Admission Clinic.


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What to Bring

  • CD or DVD of your imaging studies
    Your referring doctor may give you a CD or DVD of imaging studies such as x-raysCT Scans, or MRIs​​, cardiology reports, cardiac stress tests, echocardiograms or pulmonary function tests you may have had done. If so, it is very important to bring this CD or DVD with you.

  • List of all medications you are currently taking
    Bring all medications you are currently taking in their original bottles and a complete medication list from your pharmacy. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies, eye drops, inhalers, medical patches and injectable medication such as insulin.

  • Medications that you need to take
    Appointments can take several hours. Bring with you any medications you normally take during the day. Also bring any medical equipment you use.

  • Record of any changes
    Bring a letter from your family doctor about your general health. Make notes about any changes in your condition that you've noticed since your last visit, and bring these notes to show the Pre-Admission Clinic staff. Please bring any recent diagnostic cardiology tests. Also bring any medical equipment you use.

  • ​​A trusted friend or family member
    A friend or family member can give you emotional support and can help you make good choices. They can also help you gather information, take notes and ask questions.

  • List of doctors and hospitals
    Bring the name and contact information for your family doctor.

  • ​​Questions to ask
    Bring a list of questions to your appointment to help you remember everything you want to ask.

  • Tell Your Health Team
    Notify the Pre-Admission Clinic staff about any allergies or reactions you have had to any medications, including any reactions to anesthetic medications, contrast for scans or latex.

​Before Your Appoi​​ntment

You can eat as you normally would before you come to the clinic.

If you have flu-like symptoms, please call the Pre-Admission Clinic at 416 340 3331 (Toronto General Hospital) or 416 603 5800 ext. 5195 (Toronto Western Hospital) before your scheduled appointment.​

If you need to cancel your appointment at the Pre-Admission Clinic:

Call us at 416 340 3331 (Toronto General Hospital) or 416 603 5800 ext. 5195 (Toronto Western Hospital).

As well, it is important to notify your surgeon's secretary about this cancellation. ​

When You Arrive

The first person you meet at the Pre-Admission Clinic is the receptionist. To sign in with the receptionist you will need 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, passport, or other provincial health card).

Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire

You will be given a form 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 chose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.

Learn more about Health Equity at UHN.

How Long Will Your Appointment Be?

Your appointment will take 2 to 4 hours and, in some cases, longer. ​

We do everything that we can to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you come prepared for delays.

Before You Leave

During your appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your surgery. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your surgery.

If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don't be afraid to ask a member of our team. We are ​here to help you.

About Phone Calls

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 – and you do not have an answering machine for us to leave a message – you may need to call us again.