Your Pre-Admit Appointment
Please note: Not all patients require a pre-admission appointment. Your surgeon will let you know if the appointment is required.
Tips for your Pre-Admit Appointment:
- Take your regular medications and eat your meals as usual.
- Plan to be at STEGH for approximately 1 to 4 hours, depending on your health and on the operation you are having. Please try not to book other appointments on the same day.
- STEGH is a scent-free environment, so please do not wear any scented products. This includes aftershave and scented deodorant.
- Do not wear tights, pantyhose or long underwear for your Pre-Admission Appointment.
Helpful hints for your Pre-Admission Telephone Interview:
- Allow approximately 30 to 45 minutes for the telephone interview
- Have your health card available and all medication bottles (including over the counter drugs and herbal remedies that you are currently taking)
- Conduct the interview in a quiet area free from distractions
- Do not use your cell phone if driving
- Have a pen and paper handy to jot down additional information you might need
- Be available at the scheduled time; if not, please call 519-631-2030, extension 2351 to rebook your appointment
Why do you need a Pre-Admission Appointment?
- To help you get ready for your operation.
- To talk about your hospital stay.
- To learn about what to expect when you go home.
- The health care team will need to know about your current and past health, your previous operations, and your medications and allergies (including drug, food and environmental allergies). You may be asked about specific allergies to tape, metal and latex.
- To answer your questions and address your concerns.
How do you make a Pre-Admission Appointment?
What will happen during your Pre-Admission appointment?
What should you bring to your Pre-Admission Clinic appointment?
- A family member or friend if possible
- Reading glasses and/or hearing aids
- Health card
- Supplemental health insurance information
- Money for parking ($5.00 flat rate)
- Lunch/snacks or money to purchase from the Atrium Café
- All of your medications, patches, inhalers, drops, and ointments in their original containers
- All vitamins, herbal remedies and over-the-counter drugs
- The name of your pharmacy
- Your family doctor’s and specialist’s name and phone number
- Information or test results that your doctor has given to you
What should you expect on the days before your surgery?
Some patients will be given special instructions to prepare for their surgery. These will be discussed and written down for you at the time of your Pre-Admission Appointment. You will also be given a contact number by your nurse for any “before surgery” concerns.
Special instructions may include:
- bowel cleansing (laxatives and enemas)
- changing, adding or stop taking certain medications
- special skin washes
- changes in diet