Surgical Day Care

Surgical Day Care Unit

On the day of surgery, most elective patients will come to the Surgical Day Care Unit to be prepared for the Operating room and, after surgery, for recovery.

The Surgical Day Care Unit contains 10 beds. These beds may also be used for patients receiving IV medications or blood transfusions. On evenings, nights and week-ends, the Surgical Day Care Unit is also used for patients seen in Emergency who require short-term observation (i.e. 2-4 hours).

Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On the Day of Surgery:

  • You will be asked to go directly to the Surgical Day Care Unit approximately 90 minutes before your scheduled OR time. You will be shown to a patient cubicle, and asked to change into a Hospital gown. The Nurse will check your Pulse, your Blood Pressure, Temperature and an Intravenous will be started. Children will have their Intravenous started in the Operative Room. Next, you will be taken to the waiting area of the Operating room.
  • After your operation, you will be taken to the Post Anesthetic Care Unit, where you will be monitored until you are ready to be transferred back to the Surgical Day Care Unit, or admitted to the Surgical or Paediatric Unit.
  • You will remain in the Surgical Day Care Unit until you are ready for discharge. You will be checked frequently. Medications are available to control pain or nausea. Please tell your Nurse if you need any.
  • Be sure that you understand all the instructions you have been given. Please think about all your discharge needs e.g. prescriptions etc. On your way out, you must stop at the Admitting and Discharge desk to complete your discharge form.
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