Surgery - What To Expect

For surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital

The focus of the clinic is to ensure patients are safely and well-prepared for their upcoming operation and that the day of the surgery runs smoothly.

The Pre-Surgical Screening Unit staff prepares you for surgery by:

  • Assessing your medical fitness for surgery and anaesthesia before your operation and arranging tests and consults if needed. Any tests and/or assessments ordered by your surgeon must be completed before your surgery. This allows time for your surgeon to review results and prevent last-minute delays or cancellations
  • Providing you with important before-and-after surgery instructions
  • Answering your questions

If you live outside of London, the Pre-Surgical Screening Unit will let you know if testing can be done in your area.

Your belongings - 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.
Your belongings - for patients staying in hospital

Please bring your Provincial Health Care.

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 jewellry, 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 – 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.


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