Pre-operative Assessment

You may have been asked to come to visit us for a “Pre-operative Assessment” appointment or have an appointment on the telephone. A nurse will see you or the nurse will call your parent or carer.

Pre-operative assessment is a really important way for us to find out all about you and for you to find out about what happens at Plymouth Children’s Theatres. At a pre-op assessment appointment one of our nurses will make sure we know all about your general health so that we can make sure your anaesthetic, operation or test is exactly right for you. Please bring any medicines you usually take with you to pre-op assessment.

The nurse will also check how heavy you are and will sort out any other tests you might need before your operation (like having your hearing checked if you are having an operation on your ears.) Sometimes (but not normally) you might see your surgeon and anaesthetist at pre-op assessment.Illustration of an octopus

You and your parent or carer can ask the nurse any questions you might have about what will happen when you come in for your operation or test. They will also make sure you know when you can have food and drink until before your anaesthetic and what to bring on the day of your operation. They will ask your parent or carer to make sure they have pain relief medicine like paracetamol (Calpol) and Ibuprofen (Nurofen) at home.

If you are coming to us for an operation or anaesthetic you will need to have a swab test for Coronavirus. This helps us to keep you and everyone else safe.

There is a good video explaining this on Sheffield Children’s Hospital webpage


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