Preparing for surgery

Everything you need to know before arriving for your surgery

Preparing for surgery

Whether you are going home on the same day as your surgery or you are staying overnight, we can help ensure you're prepared for your procedure.

  • If you are taking medications, your doctors will advise which ones to take and which ones to stop prior to your surgery.
  • If you smoke, consider stopping before your surgery. This will help you recover from the anaesthesia more quickly.
  • Depending on what your needs are after surgery, you may need help when you go home. It will be important for you to be prepared for this. Talk with your family or loved ones to see how they can assist you once you get home.
  • You will have appointments to prepare you before your surgery at our Preadmission Clinic.
    • You will be required to come in for a COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to your scheduled procedure.
    • You may have bloodwork, an ECG or a chest x-ray. Not everyone will have bloodwork or tests ordered.
    • You may have a phone or in person visit with a nurse, a pharmacist, an anaesthesiologist and/or a medical doctor.
    • Please bring all of your medications and any other important health information that might affect your care to these appointments. If you do not have the original packages, please bring a list of medications with you.
  • You may be given exercises to practice before your surgery. Learning these exercises before your surgery could make it easier for you when you get home.
  • For some surgeries, you may be asked to attend an education class before your surgery. If this is the case, we will work to have your preadmission visit and your class on the same day.


On the day of your surgery, bring all of your medications with you or an accurate list of your medications. Arrive at the hospital approximately two hours before your scheduled surgery.

Please read all the preparation materials. Your surgeon will give you instructions on what and when to stop eating and drinking before your surgery. Depending on your procedure, you may be asked to stop eating by midnight the night before, or you may be allowed to drink up to a few hours prior to your surgery.

If you are going home on the day of your surgery, you will need to have a responsible adult drive you home and stay with you overnight.

If you are staying overnight, please bring:

  • Slippers
  • Robe
  • Toiletries
  • Any items that will help keep you comfortable

Please leave valuable items at home.

We cannot be responsible for items lost while at the hospital.

Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital

10 Trench St.
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4Z3
Local to Richmond Hill: 905-883-1212
Local to Vaughan: 905-417-2000
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Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital

3200 Major Mackenzie Dr W
Vaughan ON L6A 4Z3
Local from Vaughan: 905-417-2000
Local from Richmond Hill: 905-883-1212
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