Our surgical staff are dedicated to providing excellent patient care. The team works collaboratively with you and your family in order to meet your surgical needs. Depending on the surgery, you may go home the day of, or you may require a longer stay at the hospital. The Health Centre has two inpatient surgical units and a surgical constant care unit for more intensive surgical patient needs. The average length of stay for most surgical patients is three to five days.

Divisions of surgery at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) include:

  • Orthopedics surgery: joint (hip, knee and shoulder) reconstruction and replacement

  • General surgery

  • Vascular surgery – one of three (3) Regional Centres of Excellence at PRHC.

  • Plastics and reconstructive surgery

  • Urology


If you’re receiving surgery at PRHC, you will be seen by an interprofessional healthcare team including:

  • Dietitians

  • Environmental Services

  • Nursing Educator

  • Nutrition Services

  • Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapist Assistants

  • Physicians (general internal medicine, infection prevention and control, medical)

  • Pharmacists

  • Physiotherapists and physical therapist assistants

  • Respiratory Technologists

  • Registered Nurses

  • Registered Practical Nurses (RPN)

  • Social Workers

  • Speech Language Pathologists

  • Surgeons

  • X-Ray Technologists

  • Laboratory


Our focus is on preparing patients for surgery and also on postoperative care and recovery. The healthcare team reviews what to expect, we review your progress, and we review steps that you can take to participate in your own recovery.

Preparing for surgery at PRHC? Read our surgical passport to learn more.


Discharge teaching is a strong focus. Planning for your discharge can actually begin before your planned surgery. If you visited the pre-operative clinic before your surgery, you will have received information about preparing your home for when you are discharged. During your hospital stay, members of the healthcare team will provide educational material and instructions that you need to return home safely and care for yourself at home.