Patients and Visitors
What is pre-operative assessment and why do I have to have it?
Pre-operative assessment is an outpatient clinic you will be asked to attend prior to your surgery. Assessing you before your operation allows us to:
You will be seen one to two weeks before your operation
How long will it take?
Assessment itself usually takes about 45 minutes, but you will need to allow time for any tests to be carried out. Please allow two hours in total.
How will I be assessed?
Pre-assessment is a very individual process where a specially trained nurse will assess you. It may also be necessary for you to see
What does the assessment involve?
The assessment will involve checking:
We will give you information about:
We may also want to carry out other investigations, including:
What do I need to bring?
You need to bring any medication you are taking
What happens if you feel unwell or we find something wrong?
Simple problems can often be treated by your GP before you are due to come into hospital, this will allow the operation to go ahead as planned. However, complicated problems are sometimes more difficult to solve; your consultant or anaesthetist may postpone your operation temporarily to allow time for further tests or treatment. This is to ensure you are as fit as possible for your operation. If this happens you will be given a new admission date as soon as possible.
If you have any problems/queries please do not hesitate to contact Erme Ward on 01752 439067.