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

Most people having this operation do not require a pre-admission appointment.

If you do, you will be notified by your surgeon’s office. Depending on your needs, ​​this visit may take 2 to 5​ hours​​ and takes place a week or so before your operation date.

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Pre-Admission Clinic
​​​​​​​​​Toronto General Hospital
Eaton Building – Ground Floor, Room 400
Phone: 416 340 3529
Fax: 416 340 5191​
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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.​​​​
  • Your health card and 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 a family member to offer you support and be a second set of ears.​​​​ 
  • All the medications you take in their original containers. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements and herbal or natural products.​ 
  • A copy of your power of attorney for personal care and/or advanced directives.​
  • ​A list of any questions that you may have about the operation and recovery.​​
  • 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. The swabs are taken from your nose and other areas of your body to check for germs that can cause infections.​​​​
  • You may also need an 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 that 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 operation, taking your medications, and pain management.​
    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 plan and pain relief after operation.​​
    A member of the medicine team, if you have other complex health problems.