The day of your procedure, you will need to register at Surgical Day Care.
By Stairs: Turn right out of Admitting to the Grand Staircase and climb the stairs to the top. Turn left down the hallway and proceed to Surgical Day Care on the right, just past Unit 3A.
By Elevator: Turn right out of Admitting to the Grand Staircase and turn right down the hallway – the elevator will be immediately on your right. Go to Level 3, turn right out of the elevator, and proceed to Surgical Day Care on the right, just past Unit 3A.
If you ever have questions, you can get directions from one of our friendly volunteers at the Information Desk, across and to the right from the main doors.
Your first and best source of information about your health is your own primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner) or your specialist.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, renal patients now have access to new tuck-away belts that comfortably and safely house the patient’s catheter, keep it clean between uses, and hold it in the appropriate position on the abdomen. Over 100 belts have been purchased to provide to patients who can’t afford them. As well, aging hemodialysis machines are replaced annually through grants from the Health Sciences Foundation.
The Endoscopy Unit at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre provides a number of services. Using a flexible tube that contains a camera, specialists can actually look inside your body including the throat, stomach, lungs, and intestines for a variety of medical conditions including ulcers, inflammation, tears or other injuries, and polyps or other abnormal growths. In many cases, the specialists can treat the condition during the procedure. In other cases, the images taken during a procedure are used to diagnose and plan treatment, as necessary.
Your specialist or primary care provider will have given you a list of things to do to prepare for your procedure including when to stop eating or drinking, what medications to take, etc. Please review this information sheet.
Also, most procedures require the use of a sedative, so please arrange transportation to and from the Health Sciences Centre.
On the day of your procedure:
Recovery time for most procedures is usually fairly quick, though the sedatives used during the procedures may leave you feeling sleepy. Please avoid driving or operating other equipment for at least the remainder of the day.
To find out more about your particular procedure including questions about recovery, please talk to you primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) or your specialist. Please note that reception will not be able to discuss any specific medical questions with you.