If you are having a joint replacement surgical procedure you may be asked to attend a preadmission clinic at the hospital so the nurse specialist can speak with you about your hospital stay, your operation, previous surgical and medical history, what to bring to hospital, as well as allay any concerns you may have.
It is a very valuable service in respect to your entire stay in hospital.
Discharge planning will also be addressed at this clinic (e.g. who will care for you at home on discharge, who will take you home etc.). You are welcome to bring a relative or friend to this clinic.