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Inpatient Units

We provide full pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative support for some surgical patients, including endoscopy patients and patients who must stay overnight.

Markham Stouffville Hospital has two surgical units that provide comprehensive postoperative care.

All scheduled surgical patients will be admitted through patient registration on their operative day. The time will be confirmed by the surgeon’s office and/or at your pre-operative surgical assessment clinic (SAC) appointment.

Care We Provide

Post-Operative Care

Markham Stouffville Hospital strives to provide care that is individualized and customized to accommodate the varying needs of our patients and the demographics of our community.  If you are planning on requesting specific room accommodation, eg. private or semi-private rooms, we will make every effort to accommodate the request based on bed availability on the day of your surgery. Our multidisciplinary health-care team will work with you to develop a treatment program that will accommodate your needs. The plan may include any combination of the following:

Pain Control
Post-operative discomfort is managed by a variety of pain control methods. Your surgeon and health-care team will select the method that is best for you, depending on your physical condition and the type of surgical procedure that you had done.  A member of the acute pain service team or a member of the nursing staff caring for you will provide you with educational material on the pain control method that has been chosen for you.

Good nutrition is essential to a successful post-operative recovery.  Nursing staff will assess your diet requirements and cultural preferences and if needed a dietary assessment will be organized to assist with your dietary planning.

Wound Care
Your post-operative incision and dressing care will be managed by the nursing staff while you are hospitalized and if required a wound care specialist will support the team.

Patient Education
From the pre-operative assessment before surgery and through the post-operative phase, you will be provided with educational material, personal teaching and valuable information to improve your surgical experience and outcome. 

Planning for discharge begins when you are admitted.  The health-care team will work with you and/or your family to determine when you are ready to go home. Arrange for a family member or friend to pick you 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 required to wait in the discharge lounge or may be referred to CHATS Home at Last program.

Home care support will be available if required on discharge.

The Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) staff are available seven days per week, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  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 facility outside of Markham Stouffville Hospital. This could include, respite care, rehabilitation centre or assistance with convalescent care.

Discharge time is 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise instructed. On the Short Stay Unit, discharge on a Saturday morning occurs at 7:00 a.m. as the unit closes at 7:30 a.m.

Location and Contact Information

The inpatient units are situated on the third level of the hospital and is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Care Providers

During your stay on a surgical inpatinet unit you will encounter many members of an interdisciplinary health-care team including:

  • Surgeons
  • Anaesthesiologists
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory Technologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Patient Flow Co-ordinators/Discharge Planners
  • Pharmacists
  • Unit Clerks