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Pre-Admission Unit

Preparing for Surgery

The Pre-Admission Unit is designed to prepare you for your surgery before you are admitted to the hospital, and is staffed by nurses who will co-ordinate your care and tell you what you need to know about your Hospital stay.

You will be in the clinic 2 to 3 hours.

Please note that if you do not come, your surgery will be cancelled. The tests requested by your doctor must be completed before your admission to the hospital.

Your visit to the Pre-Admission Unit will include:
  • Hospital registration
  • Blood and urine specimen collection
  • History and physical examination
  • Anesthetic review
  • A nursing interview which will include how to prepare for your surgery.

 It may also include:
  • X-rays
  • an ECG (Cardiogram)
  • Other tests ordered by your doctor or anesthetist
  • Consultation with other health care professionals besides the nursing staff such as the anaesthesiologist, pharmacist, social worker, etc.

What to bring to your appointment
  • All of your medications with the original bottles. Please include any vitamin or herbal supplements.
  • The name, address and phone number of your family physician.
  • A translator, if you need one.
  • The name, address and phone number of any additional medical specialists your are seeing such as cardiologists, nephrologists, respirologists, etc. Please request copies of any recent tests and a consult letter from the medical specialist(s) to present at your appointment.
  • Your provincial health card (O.H.I.P.) and Mount Sinai Hospital card. If you do not have a Mount Sinai card, please visit the Admitting Department on the main floor near the Murray St. entrance, before your PAU appointment.
  • If you have additional health insurance, please bring your policy information.
  • A completed pre-admission questionnaire and pre-operative health questionnaire and other documents your surgeon may have given you.
  • If you are not fluent or uncomfortable in english, please have a friend or family member join you to translate. We will be asking you questions about your health and providing you with information about your surgery and recovery.


600 University Avenue
Floor 4, Room 459 (behind laboratory)
General Information:  416-586-4800 ext. 8824 
Appointments: 416-586-4800 ext. 3225 
f 416-586-3230 


Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (by appointment only).