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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Day of Your Operation

If you were told to take medication, take it with a small sip of water.

​Arrive 2 hours before your scheduled operation time.

Surgical Admission Unit (SAU)
​​​​​​​​​​Toronto General Hospital​
Peter Munk Building – 2nd​ F​loor
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All hospital entrances are open by 6 am. However, the University Ave. entrance is easiest to access.


​​​​​​​​What to Bring to the hospital?​
  • Ontario Health Card (OHIP card).
  • Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, razor and soap.
  • A robe, socks and shoes or slippers with non-slip, rubber soles.
  • ​​Hearing aids, dentures and glasses in their protective cases, labelled with your name and phone number.

​​​​​​​​What will happen on the morning of my operation?

When you arrive at the Surgical Admission Unit​:

  • A team of surgical nurses will help you get ready for your operation.
  • You will change into a hospital gown.
  • An intravenous (IV) will be started in your arm. The IV is used to give you fluids and medication during and after the operation.
  • You will wait in an area called the Holding Area.
  • ​When it is time for your operation, you will go to the operating room.

Can the time of my surgery change?

Yes. We do our best to do your surgery at the scheduled time, but we may need to reschedule your surgery if other emergencies come up. If this happens, we will tell you as soon as possible.


Where can my family wait while I am in surgery?

The surgical waiting room is on the 3rd floor in the Peter Munk Building. Take the Munk elevators to the 3rd floor. Your family should introduce themselves to the volunteers there. ​

​Your surgeon will speak to your family when the operation is done. If your family will not be in the waiting room, tell your surgeon’s office where they can be reached.