Your Pre-Admission Visit

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You must come for your pre-admission appointment before your surgery. If you don't come for your pre-admission visit, your surgery will be cancelled (unless you were given other instructions).

In the weeks before your operation, you will have a pre-admission appointment. This appointment could last from 3 hours to the entire day.

Pre-Admission Clinic
​​​​​​​​​Toronto General Hospital
Eaton Building – Ground Floor, Room 400 
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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.
  • 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 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 may need an electrocardiogram (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.
  • A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), or Nursing Coordinator, who specializes in the care of patients having your specific operation. They will review any preparation that is required before your operation, plans for discharge home after operation and specific instructions regarding your recovery.

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