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You and your child have received instructions from your Pre-Admission Clinic (PAC) appointment about how to prepare for the day of your child’s surgery.

It is very important to follow ALL of the instructions that you were given. Your child must not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before surgery. This is for your child’s safety during the operation. You will be given very specific instructions regarding breastfeeding, formula or water that your child may or may not drink. Every child’s surgery is different.

Please be reminded that your child’s surgery day or time may be changed due to unforeseeable reasons such as your child’s surgeon being called to an emergency.

If your child takes medications on a regular basis, please follow precisely the instructions given to you at your PAC visit. If you need to call and ask again, please call 780-407-6890 during working hours.

A warm bath or shower and shampoo are a good idea the night before surgery. Your child may wear his own pajamas to the hospital, however, may also be asked to change into a hospital gown. The best pajamas to wear in hospital are button-down tops as your child will have an IV in his/her arm.

Packing list: Button-down pajamas, underwear, slippers, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and snacks. You may also bring comfort items such as a favorite blanket or pillow, books, toys, stuffed animals, or electronic toys. Please make sure to label all of your child’s belongings. The hospital will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

During your child’s surgery, you will be updated as to how things are progressing by the Pediatric Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner whenever possible. Please provide the NP with a cell phone number as this is the easiest way to stay in touch. Don’t forget to charge your cell phone!

Finally, your child is in the best possible hands and we promise to take excellent care of your child. Please remember, neurosurgery always takes time and a long surgery does not mean that anything is wrong.


You will have been given a time to arrive at the hospital for your child’s scheduled surgery at the Pre-Admission Clinic (PAC) visit. It is important that you plan ahead for bad weather or traffic. Parking can be difficult during the day. The main public parkade is located on 83rd Avenue between 112St and 114St. There is a covered pedway on the 4th level that leads directly into the hospital.

Please bring your child to 1C3. It is not necessary to bring all of your child’s overnight clothing, bags, and personal items in the morning before surgery as there may not be a room assigned to your child yet. It is a good idea however to bring a small bag with comfort toys and items to help calm your child during waiting times.

Your child may be asked to change into a hospital gown. A nurse will come and take your child’s temperature and vital signs. An IV may be started as well. You will be allowed to stay with your child right up to the time of surgery until he or she is taken into the operating room. During the surgery, you may wish to wait wherever you like. Please provide the NP with your cell phone so that she can give you updates.

After your child’s surgery, he or she will be taken to the Recovery Room where extra care is given to help your child after surgery. Once your child is comfortable and ready, he or she will be brought upstairs to the 4th floor. If you haven’t been informed about which room your child will be going to after surgery, please feel free to ask at the desk on the pediatric unit.

The Stollery Children’s Hospital does not have private rooms. Patient rooms have two beds in each. At each patient’s bedside has a single bed for one parent to stay 24 hours/day. There is a TV at each patient’s bedside and a private bathroom in each room.
Your child may go to the ICE room after surgery which is a step down ICU room where there is a 1:2 patient to nurse ratio.

Your child may also go to the PICU after surgery which is the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and has a 1:1 patient to nurse ratio.