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

Arrive at least 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, Elizabeth St. and University Ave. are easiest to access.​

​​​​​​​​What should I bring to the hospital on the day of my operation?
  • Ontario health card (OHIP).
  • Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, razor, soap and tissues.
  • Moisturizer for lips and skin.
  • A housecoat, 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.
  • Walking aids such as a cane or walker, labelled with your name and phone number.
  • Something to read, a small amount of cash, a calling card, a cellphone, and cellphone charger.

Do not bring:

  • Valuables such as credit cards, large amounts of cash or jewellery.
  • Perfume, cologne, aftershave or any scented products.
What will happen on the morning of my operation?
  • You may take a shower before coming to the hospital.
  • If you were told to take any medications morning of your surgery, take them with small sips of water.
  • Do not wear perfume, scented lotion, make-up or contact lenses
  • After you check in at the Surgical Admission Unit, you will be taken to the Pre-Operative Care Unit (POCU) where:
    • The nurse and surgical team will review your health information, and do blood tests, if needed.
    • ​You will have intravenous (IV) lines put in your arm. The IVs will be used to give you fluids and medications, and check your blood pressure during the operation.