The day of your surgery, you will need to register at Admitting. Enter the Health Sciences Centre through the main doors, turn right, and it will be almost immediately on your right.
Once you are admitted, you will be directed to Surgical Day Care.
By Stairs: Turn right out of Admitting to the Grand Staircase and climb the stairs to the top. Turn left down the hallway and proceed to Surgical Day Care on the right, just past Unit 3A.
By Elevator: Turn right out of Admitting to the Grand Staircase and turn right down the hallway – the elevator will be immediately on your right. Go to Level 3, turn right out of the elevator, and proceed to Surgical Day Care on the right, just past Unit 3A.
If you ever have questions, you can get directions from one of our friendly volunteers at the Information Desk, across and to the right from the main doors.
The Pre-Admission Clinic is a good time to bring up questions you may have about your surgery. If it can’t wait, then your first and best source of information about your surgery is your own surgeon.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
Going for surgery can be a stressful time. We do our best to make your stay at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as safe and comfortable as possible. We encourage you to take an active role in your health as well. The Surgery Admission Booklet can help you and your family understand about and plan for your stay for surgery at the Health Sciences Centre.
In addition to what you learn from your health care team, we have videos available for you to watch to prepare you for your upcoming surgery.
You’ll find them at the bottom of this page, under “Resources”. These videos are available for all surgery patients and their families to watch from any internet-connected device.
The Pre-Admission Clinic prepares patients for surgery. Support includes information about the surgery, answering questions from patients and family members, and ensuring the patient is medically fit for surgery.
For more information, read about the Pre-Admission Clinic here.
It helps to do some advance planning before your surgery to help things run as smoothly as possible for you and your family. Here are some things to think about:
Getting ready for your surgery is an important part of making sure the surgery and your recovery go well.
Most of the details of your surgery including report times and location will have already been taken care of during your Pre-Admission Clinic appointment and other appointments with your surgeon and primary care provider. Very little has to be done on the actual day of your surgery except to ensure that all jewellery, nail polish, and makeup is removed, and you have washed with chlorehexidine soap (i.e. Dial).
During your Pre-Admission Clinic visit, you will be given information about when and where to go on the day of your surgery. Generally speaking though, if you will be admitted as an inpatient after your surgery, please register at Admitting before coming to Surgical Day Care. For outpatient surgery (i.e., you will be discharged on the same day of your surgery), and your appointment is after 7:30 am, you may come directly to Surgical Day Care. If your outpatient surgery appointment is before 7:30 am, please register at Admitting.
While you are in surgery, family members and loved ones can wait in the OR Waiting Room. An OR Status Board keeps them up-to-date about when you are out of surgery and in the recovery room. There is also an OR Liaison Volunteer in the waiting room who acts as a communication link between families and friends and the Recovery Room staff. The volunteer will help keep you updated on the status of your loved one, and is available to answer questions.
Those undergoing outpatient surgery will be discharged the same day after a short recovery period (this period varies depending on your condition – please refer to the Surgical Day Care Patient Information booklet for more information). Please make sure you arrange for a ride before you come in for surgery.
If you require multiple days for recovery, you will be admitted to one of the surgical inpatient units, 3A, 3B, 3C, or Neurosurgery. All of these units are located on the third floor (for more information about inpatient surgery, please refer to the Surgery Admission Booklet).
Recovery is of course a big part of surgery, and you can actively participate in helping yourself get better. Your surgeon/healthcare team will have information for you about medications, wound care, and other important parts of your recovery. Arrangements for home care, if needed, and follow-up appointments are usually given to you before you are discharged.
If you have any questions during your stay at the Health Sciences Centre about your care or any aspect of the facility, please ask your nurse or surgeon. A whiteboard will be next to your bed where you can write down questions as they occur to you.
Click here to download a complete copy of Surgery Admission Booklet. One will also be given to you at your Pre-Admission Clinic.
*Please note that the Health Sciences Centre is not responsible for lost/stolen items.
In addition to what you learn from your doctors and nurses, the videos below are available for you to watch at home. These videos will prepare you for your upcoming surgery. You can share the videos to your family or care partner to watch as well. You can hit the “cc” button on the video to see subtitles in other languages. Please note, there is a survey to complete at the end of each video. If you need help watching the videos please contact your health care team.