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Medical Daycare

Clinic Visit

Check-in

  • Please check in with the receptionists at the front desk.
  • Please make sure to bring your Health Card (OHIP or other coverage) with you.

What to expect

  • Your first visit to the Medical Daycare Unit will likely be a consultation with an oncologist or hematologist. These are doctors who specialize in treating cancer.
  • First, you will see a nurse who will take your blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Then, you will see the doctor.
  • The doctor will examine you and talk about your results from surgery or medical tests.
  • The doctor will explain your treatment options. They will tell you about the benefits and side effects. You will probably not receive any treatment during this first visit.
  • You may meet with other health care professionals such as a pharmacist, dietitian or social worker, depending on your situation.

What to bring

  • A list of your current medicines, and herbals/vitamin supplements.
  • Imaging from other hospitals, such as mammograms, ultrasounds, or x-rays.
  • Contact information of your family doctor or any specialists you are currently seeing or have seen.
  • Drug store name, address, and phone number.
  • A notepad and pen to take notes.
    • This can help you remember everything your health care team tells you when you go home.
  • OHIP card, drug insurance card, or any other method of payment for possible prescriptions.
  • Occasionally you may have to wait a longer period of time than expected.
    • It is a good idea to bring snacks, drinks, and something to pass time if you have to wait too long.
    • You may also bring a tablet, iPad, or laptop.

Your regular visits: what to expect

Check-in

  • Please check in with the receptionists at the front desk.
  • You will be asked to complete the symptom screening questionnaire on a computer kiosk, while you wait. The questionnaire is called the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS). It asks you about symptoms you have been having.

If you need blood work

  • If your appointment is before noon, you will get your blood work done in the clinic. If it is after, you will get it done in the blood lab.
  • If it is in the clinic, the receptionist will give you a number. Wait until your number is called.
  • You will have to wait for one hour for your doctor to see the blood results.
  • Then, you will wait until you get called to see your doctor.
  • Your doctor will decide if you need chemotherapy. If you will get chemotherapy that day, you will have to wait for it to get prepared. This can take up to two hours.
  • You will then get called by a nurse to go to the chemotherapy suite.

If you do not need blood work

First, you will see the nurse. The nurse may check your height, weight, blood pressure, etc.

Then, you will wait until you get called to see your doctor.