Preparing for surgery (Orange Phase)

Preparing for surgery is different during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more precautions in place to keep patients, clients, families and health care workers safe. Review the following information before your surgery and any scheduled appointments.

Preparing for surgery

Some patients must be tested for COVID-19 before surgery. You will be notified if this applies to you. If you must undergo other tests before surgery, your care team will make sure they are done before you are tested for COVID-19.

You will be tested at a COVID-19 Screening Clinic no more than three (3) days before your surgery.

  • The COVID-19 Assessment Centre will contact you by phone with an appointment time.
  • After your test, you must self-isolate, this includes limiting contact with those in your household and your bubble.
  • A nurse from the surgery program will check the results the day before surgery and will contact you if needed.

What to expect when you arrive at the hospital

Arrive for your surgery at the scheduled appointment time and follow the directions provided by your health care provider. This is usually one to two hours before your surgery. If you arrive too early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle. This ensures we don’t have too many people in our waiting areas.

All patients are screened before entering the hospital, this includes being asked a series of questions. When entering the hospital, clean your hands with hand sanitizer. Patients must wear a mask when they enter the hospital.

  • You can wear your own mask, including homemade cloth masks, or one will be provided at the screening station. A medical grade mask will be provided, if necessary.
  • To learn the right way to put on and remove a mask, follow these links: mask with loops (put on and remove) or mask with ties (put on and remove).

In most cases, updates on your surgery will be done by phone. Surgeons will use the provided contact information to call the support person and/or substitute decision maker.

Support person and/or Substitute Decision Maker

Vitalité Health Network has visitor restrictions in place. That means your support person and/or substitute decision maker can drop you off and pick you up from scheduled appointments and your surgery, but cannot stay.

  • Provide a phone number for your support person and/or substitute decision maker to your health care team for use in case of an emergency and to arrange for pick-up when you are discharged after your surgery.
  • Instructions for pick-up will be provided by your health care team.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, while in a Vitalité Health Network facility and whenever possible, keep a physical distance of two metres or six feet between yourself and others. This includes standing in line to enter the hospital and in waiting areas.