Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are acceptable as are those available at retailers in our community. Patients going for a procedure where they must remove their mask will be asked to store it with their personal items. If you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner and do not have a mask, one will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

    My Pre-Admission Appointment

    Pre-Admission Clinic 

    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.