What to expect on the day of your surgery

What to expect on the day of your surgery

On the day of your surgery, you will need to register at the central registration desk located in the main lobby of Markham Stouffville Hospital, Building A. We will direct you from there.

You will need to present your health card, provide any private insurance information, and answer some questions such as “do you have any allergies?”

You will receive an armband that has all of your information on it that will be reviewed by members of your health care team during your stay with us. You will receive a map of the hospital from the registration clerk who will direct you to the surgical family waiting room. There you will meet our surgical liaison navigation nurse who will provide you with information and answer any questions you and your family may have.

What to bring on the day of surgery 


  • Your valid health card (OHIP card)
  • WSIB claim number if applicable
  • Information about private health insurance or other health benefits. If you have private health insurance or receive other health benefits, this may help to cover the cost of preferred accommodation if you request to stay in a semi-private or private room
  • A copy of any advance directive (power of attorney or living will) you may have
  • Contact details for other health care providers who have been involved in your care to help us ensure continuity in your care
  • The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your family members, friends, or other emergency contacts and your family doctor
  • Credit card information (number and expiry date) to pay for additional hospital expenses not covered by OHIP
  • Pertinent information from your referring physician (documents, X-ray reports, test results)


  • All your medications in their original bottles
  • A complete list of medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, non-prescription medications, vitamin or mineral supplements, and herbal remedies

Clothing and personal items

  • Loose, comfortable clothes to wear during the day that are easy to put on
  • Hearing aids and batteries, dentures, and eyeglasses
  • Case for glasses/contact lenses (lenses must be removed prior to surgery)
  • Socks and comfortable shoes with non-skid rubber soles, such as running shoes. If you have limited movement in your arms or hands, we recommend bringing shoes with Velcro straps.
  • Walker, wheelchair, or other mobility aids, labelled with your name and phone number
  • Anything that will make your stay more comfortable, such as books or other diversions

Complimentary guest Wi-Fi is provided.

We cannot take responsibility for your money or valuables. If you choose to bring them into the hospital, you are doing so at your own risk.

If staying overnight, please bring:

  • Clothes to sleep in, such as a nightgown or pajamas and a robe
  • Slippers (rubber soles and closed backs are preferred)
  • Toiletries such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, deodorant, tissues, or lip and skin moisturizer. Please do not bring any scented products.