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Day Before Surgery

Call the Hospital for Arrival Time

Please call 403-955-7856 between 1 and 3 p.m. the day before your child's surgery to find out what time you need to arrive at the hospital. If your child's surgery is on a Monday, or if Monday is a statutory holiday, please call on the Friday before.

On the day of surgery, we ask that you arrive on time as your child's surgery time can change if there are cancellations. This gives the nurses enough time to get your child ready for surgery and work around any schedule changes.

Review Eating and Drinking Instructions

When you call the hospital, the staff will also tell you what time your child needs to stop eating or drinking before surgery. It is very important that you follow these instructions carefully, because your child's stomach needs to be empty before receiving anesthesia. If you have any questions, please call 403-955-7856.

Check for Illness

If your child has a fever, cough, cold, or flu symptoms please call the Short Stay Surgical Unit at 403-955-7856 to speak to a nurse (unit is closed from Saturday at 3 p.m. until Monday at 6:30 a.m.).

You may be asked to still come in on the day of surgery. The doctor who gives your child the anesthesia (sleep medicine), will decide if the surgery should be postponed until your child is feeling better.

Review Medication Instructions

Please review the instructions you received from the Pre-Admission Clinic nurse about when to give your child his or her medication(s) on the day of surgery. If you have any questions about medications, please call 403-955-7856 to speak to a nurse.

Have Your Child Take a Bath / Shower

Have your child take a bath or shower, including washing his or her hair the evening before or the morning of surgery. You will be told if your child needs to wash with special soap. Braid long hair or tie it back in a ponytail. Your child will also need to remove all makeup, nail polish and jewellery (including body piercings) before coming to the hospital.

Pack Your Child's Things

Pack your child's things in a small suitcase or backpack. Please put your child's name on all of his or her belongings. It is best to leave all expensive items or jewellery at home. There may be small lockers available to store your belongings, but you will need to bring your own lock. Read our list of things to bring.

Arrange Transportation Home

Your child may be sleepy or uncomfortable after surgery. It is best to have two adults for the drive home, so one is able to take care of your child. If you usually travel by bus, please ask a friend or family member to drive you home. The staff can also help you arrange for a taxi.