Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.


Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

Your Surgery

What You Need To Know

On the day of your surgery, please report to the Pre-Admission Clinic at least two hours before your scheduled surgery (two and a half hours for Cataract surgery).  You will be prepared for your surgery and then transported to the surgical day care unit.

After your surgery, you will be either transported back to the surgical daycare unit, or if you are admitted overnight you will be transferred to an inpatient unit. Please arrive on time!

What should I wear?

Please wear loose fitting clothing and flat shoes. We will provide you with a hospital gown.  Do not wear make-up, nail polish, contact lenses or any jewellery, including all piercings.  If you cannot remove any jewellery/piercing, please have it professionally removed prior to your surgery day, due  to a risk of surgical burn related to cautery use and potential circulation impairment due to swelling. You can wear hearing aids, dentures and glasses, but you will be asked to remove them before surgery.  Please bring a hearing aid case, a denture cup and a case for your glasses, if needed. 

On the Day of your Surgery

We will ask you to change into a hospital gown. You will be seen by a nurse who will ask you a few questions and will take your pulse, temperature and blood pressure. The nurse will start an intravenous line in your hand.

The Patient Waiting Area

You will wait in the patient waiting area. From this area, we will take you to the Operating Room.

Operating Room

We will help you onto the operating table. We will put a blood pressure cuff on your arm, an oxygen monitor on your finger, a heart monitor on your chest and a mask on your face to deliver oxygen. At this time, you will be involved in the briefing portion of the Surgical Safety Checklist.  Then, you will be given an anaesthetic.

Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)

You may be taken to the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (sometimes referred to as the Recovery Room) after your surgery. Whether or not you are taken to the PACU depends on the type of anaesthetic you had. The PACU is a large room and there may be several other patients in the room with you. During your stay in the PACU, you will probably hear the constant beep and whirl of the many machines that are monitoring patients. You may also see and hear a number of nurses and physicians going about their business.

The PACU nurses will measure your pulse, breathing and blood pressure frequently. You will wake up in the PACU. You may have an oxygen mask over your mouth and nose. Your stay in the PACU will be between half (1/2) an hour and two (2) hours, depending on the type of surgery you have had.

After PACU, you will return to Surgical Day Care. When you have recovered from the anaesthetic, you will be offered a drink of juice or ginger ale.

What To Bring

If you are having day surgery, please bring the following items:

  • Your Ontario Health Card.
  • All the medications you are currently taking, or a listing of the names, dosages and times you take them.
  • Your Pre-Admission Clinic package and envelope given to you in your surgeon's office.

If you are going to be admitted for an overnight stay, click here for a full list of items to bring to prepare for your stay.

Discharge Instructions

In order to be discharged, you must have a responsible adult relative or friend take you home after your surgery. It is important that this adult be available at your discharge time. They must also stay with you for at least 12 to 24 hours after your surgery.

Before you leave, a nurse will go over your instructions on how to take care of yourself at home.


You must arrange for someone to escort you home from the hospital. If you do not have a responsible adult to take you home, your surgery will be cancelled. You and your friend or relative must go home by car or taxi, NOT by public transit.

For your safety:

Even though you are awake soon after your day surgery, you may feel drowsy for 24 to 48 hours after the surgery.

It is important that you DO NOT:

  • drive a car or operate hazardous machinery for 24 hours
  • drink alcohol for 24 hours
  • take any medication unless prescribed by your physician
  • make any important or legally binding decisions until you have recovered

Please, make plans to GO STRAIGHT HOME and rest for the day following 

Where to Park or Pick Up


We strongly suggest that you leave your car at home if you stay at the hospital. Halton Healthcare runs automated Pay on Foot Parking Systems in most of the public parking lots.

Click here for 2017 parking rates and additional parking information

Where to Pick Up

There are designated patient pick-up and drop-off areas at each hospital.

By the order of the Ontario Fire Code, parking is not permitted in the front circular driveway at our hospitals. Cars left in these areas may be ticketed by the Municipal Parking Services as they are designated Fire Routes.

Please obey all signage and ask staff or security for clarification.

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