The Pre-Anesthesia Clinic helps gather important test information needed for surgery or a procedure.
The BC Children’s Pre-Anesthesia Clinic prepares children for surgery. A visit to this outpatient clinic shortens your child’s stay in hospital and allows efficient use of hospital beds.
Not all children will be required to visit the clinic; however, if your doctor registers you with this clinic, you will receive a call to book your appointment. The clinic visit takes place two to seven days before the surgery or procedure. Out-of-town patients have their appointment on the week day before the surgery.
The clinic visit will take from one to three hours, depending on the number of tests needed.
- Clinic appointment information (i.e. doctor’s name and appointment time)
- BC CareCard
- Immunization records
- List of any medications, and the amounts, that your child is taking
- Notepaper and pen
- Medical or personal records, such as x-rays or lab tests. If you are unsure of what to bring, please call the clinic office.
- Another adult to assist you, especially if you need to bring other children
- Books, games, snacks, diapers, a change of baby clothes or other necessities to keep your child occupied while waiting
- Your child’s weight, height, blood pressure and pulse will be measured and recorded.
- The anesthetist explains the anesthetic to you and answers questions.
- If your child needs to see any other health care professionals, we arrange for this to happen on the day of the clinic visit.
- Your child has any tests or x-rays the surgeon needs.
- You can get answers to any questions or concerns. If you have information to share about your child, talk with your doctor or nurse during your clinic visit