Our pre-admission clinic prepares you for your surgery or procedure before you are admitted to hospital.
Why would I attend the pre-admission clinic?
The purpose of the pre-admission clinic is to make sure that you are prepared for your heart surgery or procedure before you are admitted to hospital. The pre-admission clinic helps make sure that you:
- Are medically fit for surgery
- Are aware of the instructions to follow to prepare for surgery
- Have made all the necessary plans for your recovery
- Are informed about what to expect before and after surgery
Which cardiac patients go to the pre-admission clinic?
When will I be notified of my pre-admission clinic appointment?
Clinic staff will phone you before your surgery or procedure. Your appointment will usually be scheduled two weeks before your operation.
What can I expect at my pre-admission clinic appointment?
- You will see a clinic nurse and an anaesthesiologist
- You will be given preoperative and postoperative information about your surgery or procedure
- You may see a physiotherapist
- You may have blood work, an electrocardiogram (ECG), chest X-ray or other tests
The appointment is typically two hours. If you are having open heart surgery you will have two clinic appointments scheduled.
What should I bring to my pre-admission clinic appointment?
You should bring:
- A family member or friend if possible
- Reading glasses and/or hearing aids
- All of your prescription medications in their original containers including blister packs
- All over-the-counter medications including herbal remedies and vitamins in their original containers
- If you are having heart surgery bring your heart surgery bag on your second appointment