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Use our "Virtual Information Desk", accessible at the top of any page on our website by clicking on this Visitor Information Panel icon icon, to help answer common questions or help you find your way before and during your hospital visit.

Of course, you can visit our onsite main Information Desk located at the Melnyk Entrance (off of the Queensway) which is open from 7am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 9pm Weekends and Holidays. Feel free to call us at 416-530-6000.

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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Day of Surgery Registration

Please register at Day Surgery on the 2nd floor Barnicke Wing.

Be sure to bring your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card and photo ID with you.

All surgical patients begin their day here. Some patients will return to this location later the same day to be discharged. Those being admitted for an overnight stay will go to an inpatient unit.

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If you are undergoing cosmetic (delisted) surgery OR are not covered by Ontario Health Insurance, you must make arrangements to pay in advance by contacting patient accounts (opens in new tab) or call 416 530-6498 or 416 530-6489

When you arrive, the Day Surgery staff will:

  1. Confirm the information from your Pre-Admission Clinic appointment
  2. Take your heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and temperature
  3. Help you change into a patient gown (please come wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes)
  4. Give you ONE bag for your clothes. The bag will be given back to you after your surgery. We cannot be responsible for valuables, so please leave them at home. If you need extra belongings for your stay, please have a family member bring them to your room after surgery.
  5. Ask you to remove any dentures, eye glasses and hearing aids and give them to your family member for safekeeping. If you are alone, we will label them and put them in the bag with your clothes.

Please note, for safety reasons, you must remove all jewelry before you come to the hospital. This includes piercings, tight-fitting rings and bracelets. Your surgery could otherwise be cancelled.

Please note, Day Surgery is NOT a suitable area for children or families. If necessary, one family member may wait with you for support or interpreting.

Just before you go into the operating room, the nurse or anesthesiologist may start an intravenous (IV) line to give you fluids and pre-operative medication. For some surgeries, he or she may give you a nerve block.

Preparing For Your Visit

These are general instructions. If your surgeon has given you any other instructions, please follow those.

  • You MUST limit what you eat and drink before your procedure to avoid complications during and after surgery. Unless you are told otherwise by your surgeon or anesthesiologist, you may drink 8 ounces (1 cup) of clear liquids up to 3 hours before your scheduled arrival time. Clear liquids include water, apple juice or any fruit juice without pulp, carbonated beverages such as sprite or ginger ale or coke, black coffee or black tea. Avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to the day of your surgery.
  • Do not eat other foods (including gum and candy) or drink other liquids after midnight the evening before your surgery.
  • If you take medications, follow the instructions given at your screening appointment.
  • If you were given a “Solu-net” pre surgical sponge, please bath or shower, following the instructions.
  • Avoid smoking – you’ll reduce the chances of complications after surgery.
  • Do not use recreational drugs the day before or day of surgery as they can interfere with your anesthetic.

What you should bring to the hospital

  • An interpreter (if you need one)
  • Any papers your doctor has given you
  • Any medications you are taking, including insulin and puffers, in a Ziploc bag.
  • Your Ontario Health Card or other insurance with photo ID
  • Your Workers Compensation Board (WCB) number (if applicable)
  • If you wear glasses, contact lenses or dentures, bring your own storage containers.
  • Please leave all valuables at home as the hospital cannot be responsible for them

Also,

  • Please do not wear perfumes or colognes. St Joe’s is a fragrance free environment.
  • Dress in loose clothing and comfortable, flat shoes.
  • Remove make-up and nail polish.
  • Remove all jewelry including watches and wedding rings and leave them at home
  • Bring the name and number of the person who will pick you up after your surgery. The staff will need this information.

If you expect to be admitted for a hospital (overnight) stay after your surgery, bring these items, but leave with family members or in the car:

  • Personal items such as a robe, slippers, toothbrush and clothes for discharge day.
  • If you have crutches at home and will need them after surgery, please bring them with you
  • If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and use a CPAP machine at home, bring it with you if you are being admitted overnight.

What should I do if I need to cancel?

Contact your surgeon’s office immediately. This will allow someone else to have that valuable operating room time and your surgery will be rescheduled. If you must cancel the evening, night or weekend before surgery, please contact the Hospital Registration Department at: 416-530-6504

What happens when it is time to go home?

For patients who stay overnight or longer, as soon as you are given a discharge date, you should begin to make arrangements for going home. The person picking you up should come to your room to help you with your personal items. A porter can be arranged to assist you and there are “Staxi chairs” and wheelchairs available.

After surgery, you may feel a little shaky or sleepy until the effects of the anaesthetic wear off. For the 24 hours following surgery, you should:

  • Be in the care of a another adult
  • Not drive a motorized vehicle or operate hazardous machinery
  • Hold off on any important decisions
  • Avoid traveling alone by public transit
  • Avoid consuming alcohol

If you are going home the say day (SAME DAY SURGERY), you must not drive, a responsible adult must pick up up and take you home after surgery.

Failure to comply with these instructions will result in your surgery being cancelled.

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