For patients requiring hospital admission following a surgical procedure, the surgical unit provides comprehensive post-operative care. The unit is located on Level 5 of the East Building and is supported by a highly skilled team of healthcare professionals. Specializing in post-operative care, our team includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and pharmacists. Unit clerks provide support to the healthcare team by answering call bells from patient rooms and by helping with the flow of information. In addition to the team on the unit, a Spiritual Care
Chaplain or volunteer is also available to support your spiritual and emotional needs upon request.
Southlake strives to provide care that is tailored to the needs of each patient. Some patients experience common discomforts postoperatively or have complex care needs. Your healthcare team will work with you to develop a treatment plan.
Your care may include any combination of the following:
Post-operative pain is managed by various methods. Your physician will select the method that works best for you based on your condition and surgical procedure. Nursing staff will provide you with education on the method that has been selected for you.
Southlake is committed to providing patients with healthy and appetizing meals, as nutrition is essential to your post-operative recovery. Nursing staff will assess your dietary requirements and will include a registered dietician in your dietary planning when required. A clinical nutrition support team assists those patients who require intravenous nutrition. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your diet, advise a member of your health care team and every effort will be made to satisfy your needs.
Many factors promote the safe and effective healing of your post-operative incision. Nursing staff will care for your incision and educate you on how to continue to provide effective care after you are discharged.
Through the use of personal teachings or educational materials, you will be provided with valuable information that will improve your surgical experience and outcome.
What to Bring
To make your stay as comfortable as possible, please bring personal care items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, non-slip slippers, housecoat, or any items specifically mentioned by your physician.
Leaving Valuables at Home
Southlake makes every effort to ensure a safe environment; however, we are unable to constantly monitor the traffic in patient care areas. Therefore, Southlake cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen valuables. Please leave all personal items, large sums of money, and credit cards safely at home.
Request for Patient Conditions/Information
In order to protect patient confidentiality and to ensure the accurate and consistent flow of communication between you and your healthcare team, it would be greatly appreciated if only one family representative was chosen to speak with nursing staff about your post-operative care. This person can ask questions of the nursing staff about your condition and care on behalf of your family and friends.
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Home Care Support
The Community Care Access Centre staff are available 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to arrange home care support at the time of your discharge.
Each patient is given a personalized copy of their discharge instructions.
A discharge planner is involved with all patients who will require placement to a long-term care facility upon discharge from the hospital. Follow-up support for breast surgery or ostomy patients is provided by a specialized nurse from the hospital.
Planning for discharge begins at the time of patient admission. The healthcare team will work with the patient and/or family to determine when the patient is ready to go home. Patients are encouraged to arrange for a family member or friend to pick them up by the discharge time given, so that other patients requiring admission to the Hospital can be accommodated. If this is not possible, patients may be referred to CHATS’ Home at Last Program