Our pre-surgical clinic (PSC) prepares you for your surgery. During your appointment you:

  • will be assessed by a nurse;
  • may have tests;
  • may see an anaesthesiologist; and
  • will learn more about your surgery and how to prepare for it, what to expect on the day of surgery and the days following.

Once your surgery has been booked, you will receive a call to book your pre-surgical clinic appointment. Your appointment should be booked at least two to four weeks before your surgery. If you have not received a call to book your appointment at least two weeks before your surgery, please call 519-749-4254. If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment, please notify the clinic at least 48 hours in advance.

You will be given important instructions for the day of your operation. If you do not attend your clinic appointment, your surgery may be cancelled.

If you are scheduled for a consultation with an anaesthesiologist, your assessment may be longer. Please be prepared to spend three to four hours at the clinic.

If you are scheduled for hip or knee replacement surgery you may be asked to attend a hip or knee clinic up to six weeks prior to your surgery. At this appointment you will learn about:

  • how to prepare for surgery;
  • what equipment you might need and where to find it;
  • how to prepare your home for after discharge from the hospital; and
  • your surgery and hospital stay.
You must attend the PSC if you:
  • will need an overnight stay in hospital;
  • require a pre-anesthetic consultation (determined by your surgeon);
  • require blood testing; and/or
  • you have other medical problems or chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes).
On the day of your appointment, please bring the following with you:
  • The completed pre-admission record. Your surgeon will provide you with this form;
  • The completed pre-anaesthetic patient questionnaire. Your surgeon will provide you with this form. If you need help filling this out, our staff are happy to help you;
  • Any medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements, in their original containers;
  • Your health card; and/or
  • Any other documents your doctor has given you.

We recommend you bring someone to assist you if English is not your first language. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under the age of 16.

You may eat and drink normally on the day of your PSC appointment.

When you arrive for your PSC appointment, enter the hospital through the main entrance (this is the third floor). Please report to patient registration on the second floor to register for your procedure. When you enter the hospital through the main entrance, there is an information desk staffed by volunteers who will be glad to assist you if you require directions.


For more information, please read our pre-operative patient booklet (opens as PDF).