A pre-admission assessment is performed on all patients who are going to have an operation or surgical procedure. The purpose of the pre-admission clinic is to:
- Answer your questions, and reduce your feelings of worry or concern.
- Provide you with the necessary information about your admission to hospital, your surgical procedure, and discharge instructions.
You will meet with a nurse who will perform your assessment, which may last between 30-60 minutes. You will discuss your general health, such as existing medical conditions, allergies, and lifestyle habits (for example, smoking and drinking). The nurse will measure your blood pressure, height, and weight. Other tests that may be carried out at this time include:
- Urine tests
- MRSA Screening (type of bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics)
- Blood tests
- ECG (a tracing of the activity of your heart)
- Pregnancy test
- Lung function test
- Chest X-ray
Please allow up to 3 hours for this appointment, as you may require additional testing in various areas of the hospital.
If you have a complex or unstable medical condition, you may be required to meet with an Anesthesiologist prior to your surgical procedure. This meeting is an opportunity to talk about the anesthetic you may receive, the pain control plan, and answer any questions you may have.
The pre-admission clinic will contact you to set up your appointment.
What to Expect
The pre-admission clinic will contact you to arrange your appointment. Appointments are usually scheduled for the week prior to your scheduled surgery. Your appointment may last up to 3 hours, depending on the tests ordered. You are able to eat, drink, and take necessary medications before coming to your pre-admission appointment.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
On the day of your appointment, please remember to bring the following items with you:
- Labeled bottles of your medications including vitamins .
- Your health card.