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

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 should I bring to the hospital on the day of my operation?
  • Ontario Health Card (OHIP card).
  • Any other medical insurance information you need for your hospital stay.
  • All the medications you take in their original containers. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, supplements and herbal or natural products.
  • Enough comfortable clothes for several days and non-slip shoes or slippers
  • ​​Personal care items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant.

Do not bring:

  • ​Jewellery or anything valuable.

​​​​​​​​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 for my operation change?

Yes. We do our best to do your operation at the scheduled time, but we may need to reschedule your operation 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 the operating room?

Your family can wait in the Surgical Waiting Room. Take the Munk elevators to the 3rd floor of the Peter Munk Building. The volunteer on duty can let your family know when your operation is over. Your surgeon will speak to your family when the operation is done. If your family doesn’t plan to be in the waiting room, tell your surgeon’s office how to reach them.

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