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Overview

Some surgical patients are referred to the Pre-Admission Clinic (PAC) prior to surgery to help them prepare for the procedure. Patients are provided with information about their upcoming procedure, what to expect and what to prepare for after surgery.

The visit usually begins with a nursing assessment. The nurse interviews each patient to gather information necessary for the day of surgery. Any required preoperative testing (such as blood tests, x-rays or electrocardiograms) is also coordinated during the visit. The nurse provides before and after surgery information to the patient, including details about medication and instructions for the night before surgery. The patient may be referred to an anesthesiologist, a general practitioner, an internist or other medical services as necessary. For example, patients who are having complete joint replacements (knee, hips), are seen by a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and a social worker.

Patients in the Surgical Day Care Unit go home the same day as their surgery. All patients should arrange for a responsible adult to take them home. Someone should remain with them for the first 24 hours to provide assistance.

At the Civic Campus, patients may be referred to the PAC for blood work only. A phlebotomist is at the clinic from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Making an Appointment

Physician Referral Needed

Civic: Mon. – Fri. 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Same Day Admissions: 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
General: Mon. – Fri. 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside: Mon. – Fri. 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Riverside Eye Care Centre: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact Us

Civic:
Main Building, E1
613-761-4602

General:
Module J, 2nd Floor
613-737-8832

Riverside:
Main Floor, Main Hallway
613-738-8456

Riverside Eye Care Centre:
3rd Floor
613-738-8387

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Last updated on: May 15th, 2017