Pre-Surgical Screening

Nurse with patient

The Pre-Surgical Screening (PSS) department helps to prepare you for your surgery through lab tests, x-rays, and a nursing assessment. We also provide teaching for you and your family so you know what to expect before and after your surgery.   Whenever possible, we will attempt to complete all of your preparations in one clinic visit. In some cases this can be done by a telephone interview.

History and Physical

  • All patients require a current history and physical prior to their surgery.
  • Your surgeon will tell you whether he/she will complete history and physical or whether you can have them done by your family doctor.
  • The surgeon or family doctor will forward your report to Pre-Surgical Screening.

What to expect when you visit Pre-Surgical Screening

  • You will meet with a Registered Nurse to discuss your health and medication history. A family member is welcome to join you.
  • You may see an anesthesiologist, a doctor trained to give safe and effective anesthesia.
  • Any necessary blood work, ECG and x-rays will be completed during this time. You do not need to fast for this appointment.

What to remember on the day of your appointment

  • Please bring all of your medications in their original containers.  This includes prescription medications (including inhalers, insulin, nitro spray and patches), over-the-counter medications, eye drops, ointments, vitamins and herbal products. For your safety it is very important that the nurse documents a complete, up-to-date medication list.  NOTE:  If you don’t bring your medications you may need to reschedule your PSS appointment.
  • Bring your provincial health card.
  • Allow at least 1-4 hours for your visit or possibly the whole day if you are attending an education class for heart or joint surgery. Since you will be here for several hours, please bring a nutritious snack and beverage.  You can also purchase food in our Brockview Café.
  • Allow yourself 20 minutes for parking and check-in.  The Chown Parking Garage is located on Brock Street across from our main entrance.  You can pay by cash, debit or credit card.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment. Late arrivals may require rescheduling.
  • Avoid wearing scented body products or perfume;  Hotel Dieu Hospital is a scent-safe environment.
  • Spiritual Health services are available if needed; please speak with your PSS nurse.

What to expect when you are interviewed by phone

  • A Registered Nurse will review your health history.
  • Please have all of your medications readily available to review with the nurse.
  • Most of your tests can be done through your family doctor as long as results are faxed to PSS at Hotel Dieu Hospital.  The nurse will help to organize this with you.
  • Some special tests may still require you to come to the hospital before your surgery. The nurse will let you know if this is necessary.

PSS Contact Information and Clinic Hours

Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Hotel Dieu Hospital site, Brock 1
166 Brock Street, Kingston, ON

Phone: 613-544-0800

Fax: 613-544-6751

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

For Appointment Changes, please call Pre-Surgical Screening at 613-544-0800