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Going for Surgery

Pre-admission Procedures

Patients admitting to the Singapore General Hospital for elective (planned) surgery will be referred to the Pre-Admission Centre (PAC) for pre-surgery counselling, risk assessment and health optimisation. 

Each patient’s journey through the PAC may differ slightly. You may expect to go through some, or all the following activities:

  1. Financial counselling, where you will be advised on your surgery’s estimated cost and we will explore the financing options available to you.
  2. Assessment by our nurses, who will ask you a series of questions and perform tests to gain a better understanding of your physical condition.
  3. Blood tests, ECGs and chest X-rays as required.
  4. Consultation with our doctors, who will advise you on the risks of anaesthesia and provide recommendations on how you may better prepare for your surgery. These recommendations may include referrals to physiotherapists or to other doctors for management of a condition you have.
  5. Education by our nurses, who will advise you on preparations for post-surgery recovery in the hospital and at home.

Your appointment at PAC will take about half a day to complete

Pre-Admission Centre (PAC)

Block 3 Level 1

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday : 8.00am to 5.30pm 
Saturday : 8.00am to 12.30pm 
Sunday & Public Holidays : Closed

​Preparing for your surgery

You will be advise on the details of the procedure and risk involved during your consultation with your clinicians. We will also need your consent for the surgery.

Listing & Financial Couselling

Next, you are required to get the date and location of the test and procedure. You will be advised on your estimated bill size and instructions on the documents to bring on the day of your surgery.

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Pre-admission Test

Prior to your surgery, you may be required to go for blood test, ECG or X-ray scans. You may also need to fast before your procedure.

Anaesthetist Review

If there is a need for use of anaesthesia, you will have an appointment with an anaesthetist. The anaesthetist will advise on the risk involved of using anaesthesia and get your consent. Bring along your medications for the anaesthetist to review. You may also get advice on pain management after your procedure.

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