COVID-19 is impacting Canada’s healthcare system. In order to protect patients and healthcare providers from the virus, more healthcare options are being offered to help limit the number of people who need to be seen in person. For this reason, KDH is now offering a Pre-Anesthesia Virtual Clinic.

During your Pre-Anesthesia Virtual Clinic visit you will meet with your anesthetist using the provincial government’s secure Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) video conferencing tool. You can use your smartphone or computer for the virtual visit.

At the scheduled time and date of your virtual appointment, your anesthetist will call you on your smartphone or computer using the OTN system. You and your anesthetist will be able to see each other while you talk. During the visit your anesthetist will explain the anesthetic to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you have trouble with the video system, your anesthetist will call you on the telephone instead.

Prior to your Pre-Anesthesia Virtual Clinic visit, we ask that you fill out our Pre-Op Health History Questionnaire. This form gathers important medical information needed before surgery, such as any allergies or heart, blood or breathing problems you may have. Your anesthetist will review your completed questionnaire prior to your virtual appointment and will discuss it with you during your Pre-Anesthesia Virtual Clinic visit. There are several options for returning the questionnaire to us. Please click here to access the questionnaire.