Surgical Services

Headwaters Health Care Centre has two operating suites and a special procedure room. Four General Surgeons provide coverage for 24-hour emergency care.

Surgical Subspecialties at Headwaters Health Care Centre include:
  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Ophthalmology Surgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
  • Dental and Oral Surgery
  • Urological Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology Surgery
Surgery Plan of Care

Come to the Hospital at the designated time and register at the Eaton Ambulatory Care Unit Reception desk (off the main lobby). To avoid delays, please have your health card ready. You will be given your Hospital ID bracelet and escorted to the Day Surgery Unit. A family member can accompany you.
The Day Surgery Nurse will assess you, ask when you last had something to eat/drink and will ensure all the necessary paperwork is on the chart. You may have an intravenous (IV) started to provide fluids and to receive medications. You may be given antibiotics (to fight infection) or Heparin therapy (blood thinners).

Information regarding what to expect after surgery and any special instructions are given. If you are unsure of anything please ask questions.

Next you will be escorted to the Operating Room (OR) holding area by the OR Nurse who again assesses you and checks the chart for completeness. The Anaesthetist will visit you to ask questions and start the IV if not already done. This is the specially trained physician who administers your medication and monitors your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure during surgery.

The Surgical Team headed by your Surgeon is a group of specially trained professionals that provide a safe environment and perform your procedure.

Shortly after the surgery you will awaken in the PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit). A Registered Nurse with specialized training in post-anaesthetic care will closely monitor you to ensure that you recover safely. You will receive medication if you have any pain or nausea. The Anaesthetist and the nurse will decide when you are ready to be transferred to the surgical unit or home.