Surgical Preparation Unit, University Hospital

  1. When you arrive at the hospital please leave your overnight bag in the trunk of your car if you are being admitted after surgery. Once you are admitted to the floor, your friend or family member can bring your overnight bag to your room.

  2. Register in the Pre-Admission Clinic (PAC) located on the main floor, on the day of surgery.

  3. Please wear appropriate clothing to accommodate your post-operative care.  For example:
  • Shoulder surgery: Please wear or bring an oversized shirt that buttons up at the front.
  • Knee surgery: Please wear or bring oversized pants, pants that open on the side, or large shorts. 

  • Bring:
    • OHIP card
    • Denture cup
    • Eye glass case
    • Hearing aid case
    • Medications
    • All of the booklets and literature you have been given about your surgery

    Leave at home:
    • Valuables
    • Large amounts of money

  • Go to the Perioperative Care Reception on the second floor

  • You will be directed to the Surgical Preparation Unit.

  • You will be asked to change into a hospital gown, cap, etc.

  • If you are a same day admission patient, your clothes and belongings will be given to a family member or friend.

    If you are going home the day of your surgery, your clothes and belongings will be put in a locker in Day Surgery and will be given back to you when you are ready to go home.

  • You will be asked:
    • If there are any changes to your health, medications, and personal information.
    • To confirm your surgical procedure.

  • Blood work and any other tests will be done if needed.

  • An intravenous (IV) will be started and (IV/Oral) medications will be given as ordered by the doctor.

  • Your nurse will go over the instructions for your care after your surgery, with your family member or friend.

  • You may also see someone from Physiotherapy, Respiratory Therapy, and/or Home Care (Community Care Access Centre - CCAC) if requested by your surgeon.

  • You will meet your anesthesia doctor. 

  • Your family member or friend will be allowed to sit with you until you go to the operating room.

  • You will be taken to the operating room by a staff member.