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SJHH / Health Services/ Surgical Services/ Pre Op Clinic

Pre Op Clinic

COVID-19 Update

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is beginning to reintroduce surgical and outpatient services slowly using a gradual, phased approach.  Some individuals, based on the severity of their condition and care needs, are being scheduled for procedures and treatments.

If you are a patient, your care team will contact you with more information when you are rebooked or booked for your treatment.

Please come alone to your appointment to help us ensure physical distancing and to allow for patients to come to clinics safely. In special circumstances, the Manager may approve a support person to accompany a patient to Outpatient clinic appointments. Any exception to the visitor restrictions must be approved by the unit or clinic manager.

Click here for more information about the gradual reintroduction of visitors to inpatient areas.

If you have concerns, please call your family physician. If there is an emergency, please call 911 and go the hospital immediately. If you have an urgent issue, please go to an urgent care centre. If this is a mental health emergency, call 9-1-1, the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905.972.8338 or online at; go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has Emergency Psychiatry Services at 50 Charlton Avenue East, Hamilton.

We are doing our best to serve all patients as quickly as possible, while ensuring the safety of our staff, patients and community. Thank you for your continued patience.

Click here for more information about your appointment and the reintroduction of services.

What this program does…

Most elective surgical patients will be required to attend the Pre-Op Clinic, also known as the Pre-admission assessment clinic, in preparation for their upcoming scheduled surgery.

During this visit you will meet members of the health care team that will determine testing that may be required and procedures to be followed before the date of your surgery. Completing most of this work must be done to avoid cancellation or delays on your surgery date. Completing these procedures early can identify/prevent potential problems and make your stay more comfortable. Your surgery may be cancelled if your Pre-Op testing is not completed prior to your procedure date.

How this program helps...

This visit will include:

  • A nursing assessment and instructions related to procedures for you to follow before during and after surgery.
  • You will be able to ask questions about the procedures, the surgery and the Hospital.
  • An Anesthetist (doctor) will examine your physical conditions and review your medical history.
  • If required, you will have blood tests taken, X-rays, ECG or other tests as ordered by your surgeon.
  • Other appointments may be arranged for you during this day and we will try to coordinate these times around your Pre-Op clinic visit if possible.


Should you need to change the date or time of your Pre-Op appointment please contact the Pre-Op clinic at 905-522-1155 Ext. 36033.

Maps and Directions

The Pre-Op Clinic is located on Level 0, in the Medical Outpatient Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – West 5th Campus.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton – West 5th Campus
Level 0, Medical Outpatient Department
100 West 5th Street, Hamilton ON L8N 3K7

Click here for driving directions or public transit instructions to get to the West 5th Campus.

Parking at the West 5th Campus
It is recommended to park in the designated Patient Parking Lots 1 and 2 and proceed to the Medical Outpatient Entrance - level 0.
If Parking Lots 1 and 2 are full, feel free to park in Lots 3 or 4 and proceed to the West 5th Street entrance and take the stairs or elevator fo the Medical Outpatient Department - level 0.

Preparing for Your Visit

Your doctor’s office may have given you some forms to be filled in prior to your Pre-Op Clinic appointment. The forms (available online below) are, a Pre-Registration Form, and a Patient Questionnaire from the Department of Anesthesia. Please complete these forms before you arrive for your appointment. Please bring these forms, a list of all the medications you are taking, your OHIP Health Card, and all other insurance information to your appointment. If you have a pace maker, please bring your pace maker card with you.

Your Pre-Op appointment may take anywhere from 2-3 hours.

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items. 

Resources and Forms

Checklist for Surgery
Pre-Operative Patient Questionnaire - Please print and complete this questionnaire and bring with you to your pre-anaesthesia assessment clinic appointment.