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My Pre-Admission Visit

Some surgical patients are referred to the Pre-Admission Clinic (PAC) prior to surgery to help them prepare for the procedure. Patients are provided with information about their upcoming procedure, what to expect and what to prepare for on the day of surgery.

These interviews can be conducted within the clinic or via phone.  The visit/interview usually begins with a nursing assessment. The nurse interviews each patient to gather information necessary for the day of surgery. Any required preoperative testing such as blood work, urine tests, X-rays, electrocardiograms will be co-ordinated during the visit.

The nurse will provide detailed instructions on time of arrival for the surgery and location, details about medications and instructions for the night before surgery.

The patient may be referred to an anesthesiologist and other medical services such as blood conservation nurse or ostomy nurse.

Our team will help you through your journey!

Depending on how long you will be staying in the hospital, your appointment will provide you with the necessary information and education material for you to prepare for your surgery. The length of time you will be admitted to hospital is determined by your surgical team it may include one of the following admission types:

  • Day Surgery- You will have surgery and go home (discharged) on the same day of your surgery
  • Overnight Surgery- You will have surgery and stay 1-3 nights in our Surgical Short Stay Unit.
  • In Patient Surgery- You will have surgery and may stay more than 3 days.

Your surgeon will schedule you for a pre-admission appointment (either by phone or in clinic) at least 2 to 6 weeks before your surgery. This is an important appointment to make sure you are ready for your surgery. A booking clerk will call you with a date and time of the appointment. 

  • A nurse will obtain your health history during this appointment and explain any preparations you need to do before surgery. 
  • Depending on your health, you may need to see an anesthesiologist. 
  • Depending on your health and your situation, sometimes your appointment may take place over the phone. It is important that you are able to speak freely about your health history during this interview. 

If you do not come to this appointment your surgery date may need to be delayed


  • The nurse will take your blood pressure, do your height and your weight
  • Be ready to answer questions about your health, the medications you take, past operations and allergies
  • Any important tests needed before your surgery will be done at this appointment (if the interview done over the phone, a date and time will be provided to you to have your pre-surgical testing done).
  • At this time Covid-19 swabs are mandatory.
  • If you live in the Sudbury area your information will be provided to the COVID-19 assessment centre who will contact you 2-3 days prior to your surgery with a time.

If you reside out of the Sudbury area a nurse will assist you in providing your information to the nearest assessment centre.

Important Note: You can eat or drink anything you want before this appointment. Please take your usual medications the day of your appointment unless advised otherwise by your physician. Please do NOT wear/use perfume, aftershave or other scented personal products, as well as anyone coming to the appointment with you.

This appointment can last from 1-4 hours please bring something to read while you wait.


  • Please bring All medications (prescription, over the counter medications, herbal remedies, patches, vitamins etc.) in their original containers. Please refer to Bring Your List of Medicine page for more information. 
  • If you do not have your medication bottles available your drug store or pharmacist may be able to provide you with a detailed list of your medication.
  • Any papers given to you by your doctor or surgeon about test results or specialist visits.
  • Any documents directing your care i.e. Jehovah Witness or Advanced directives.
  • Eye glasses, hearing aids and translator (if needed).

You will be given a Flow Sheet either by Registration or by a Pre Admission Nurse depending on your appointments to help you navigate through your process. 

  • Each area will sign their initials once you have completed the task. 
  • You may need Blood Work, X-rays, and tests in the Cardiodiagnostic or Pulmonary Departments. 
  • You may need to see an Anesthesiologist, a Blood Conservation Nurse or an Osteotomy Nurse. 
  • You may need to see a nurse during your PreAdmission visit or may receive a phone call from a nurse.
  •  During these interviews, a medical history and medication lists will be collected.  You will be able to ask questions during that time. 
  • Volunteers/Porters are readily available to assist you as well (wheel- chairs are accessible). 

Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and limited space, we ask that you come alone to this appointment. If you require special assistance (including translation) please have one (1) person to accompany you to your visit. Please visit Visitors Information page for more information. 

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Ramsey Lake Health Centre
Health Sciences North 
Level 2 Centre Tower
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-671-5233

Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm