Pre-Surgical Screening Unit - What To Expect

What does my clinic visit include?

  • A Registered Nurse (RN) will perform a review of your health history including documentation of all your current medications, and assessment of preoperative labwork required
  • You may have an appointment with a medical consultant and/or an anesthesiologist 
  • A RN will review how to prepare for the day of surgery, which medication to take the day of your surgery and your discharge instructions.
  • If you are being admitted a RN will review what to bring and what to expect while in hospital

What does my phone interview include?

  • A Registered Nurse (RN) will perform a review of your health history including documentation of all your current medications, and assessment of preoperative labwork required
  • A RN will review how to prepare for the day of surgery, which medication to take the day of your surgery and your discharge instructions
  • If you are being admitted a RN will review what to expect while in hospital
  • Please feel free to review your copy of the Guide to Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital or contact us if you need a new copy provided

Your belongings

Patients having day surgery

If you are having surgery and are expected to go home the same day, please limit the amount of personal belongings you bring with you to the hospital. Our storage space is limited.

  • A locker with a lock will be provided for your belongings and the locker number will be noted on your chart. 
  • Please do not bring any jewellry, valuables, credit cards, driver’s license or cash.
  • Please bring your Provincial Health Card.

Patients staying in hospital

Please bring your Provincial Health Card.

Please do not bring your belongings with you prior to surgery, your family/friend can bring them after you have been admitted to the inpatient unit.

Please do not bring any jewelry, valuables, cash or driver's license with you and only bring a credit card if you plan to purchase internet service.

Please pack only one small bag or suitcase containing:

  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, shampoo/conditioner, shaving equipment, comb/brush, deodorant, Kleenex. 
  • All medications in their original containers.
  • Robe, slippers with non-slip soles. 
  • Reading glasses, hearing aids, book to pass the time.

Leave room in your bag to add the clothes you wear to the hospital. Label your bag with your name.

If you are by yourself, we will take care of your bag for you.

Family Guide 

What do you need to do?

Please check in with the family waiting room staff, located in Zone C on Level 1, (after your relative has gone for surgery) to let them know your plans during the surgery and recovery period. If the surgeon wishes to speak to you, they will check with the waiting room staff to find you.

You will be given a unique case number to track your loved one’s journey through the surgical process on our patient tracking system. Monitors are located in and just outside our family waiting room and outside Tim Hortons (located in Zone C, Level 0). Once there is an update to the SDCU Post-op Bay # column on the far right of the screen, you can visit your loved one in the bay # listed in the Surgical Day Care Unit located in Zone C, Level 1.

Where can you wait?

St. Joseph’s family waiting room is located in Zone C on Level 1. There are also comfortable chairs located throughout the main lobby area in Zone C and two cafeteria areas. See below for details:

Cafeteria hours: 

Cafeteria – Café 268 (get directions)

Monday- Friday: 6:30 am – 2 pm
The fireside lounge within Cafe 268 is open 24/7 and has monitors to track the care journey of surgery patients. 

Tim Hortons (On The Go) (get directions)
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-5:30 pm

When can you visit?

If your family member is going home the same day as their surgery, they are allowed to have two people accompany them to the hospital but only one visitor at a time in the Surgical Day Care Unit. If the patient having surgery is under the age of 16 they may have two visitors at any time. 

If your family member is staying overnight at St. Joseph’s after their surgery they may have two visitors at a time. Find more information including visiting hours and policy for St. Joseph's Hospital.