Arriving at the Hospital
On the day of your surgery, no food or beverages are allowed, with the exception of water required to take prescribed medication.
You’ll be asked to come to Health Sciences Centre Admitting at 820 Sherbrook Avenue. Please have your Manitoba Health card and any other insurance information to present at the admitting desk.
Family and friends can accompany you to the hospital and through the first steps of preparing for your surgery.
You will leave your personal belongings in Admitting and staff will ensure they arrive in your room following your surgery. In Admitting, you’ll also be asked to provide the name of a contact that can be reached during your operation if necessary. Once admitted, you will be directed to the Day Surgery unit on the third floor.
Preparing for Surgery in the Day Surgery Area
The first thing you’ll do in the Day Surgery Area is change into a hospital-supplied gown. Your blood pressure, temperature and heart rate will be checked and an IV inserted into your arm so that necessary body fluids and medication can be administered during and after your surgery.
The nurse will do a brief review to ensure all tests and paper work are complete and with your chart. Stockings will be put on your legs to prevent blood from pooling and forming blood clots in your legs. You will also receive any medications or antibiotics the doctor has ordered. Lastly, the doctor will draw markings on your body to indicate where your incisions will be made. At this point, you are ready to be taken to the waiting area outside the operating room.
While your surgery is underway, your family can wait in the visitor lounge located on the second floor of the Anne Thomas building. The lounge is equipped with a phone that connects to the recovery room. They may also go to the cafeteria or leave the hospital and return near the end of your surgery if they wish.