Pre-operative Assessment Clinic


The Pre-operative Assessment Clinic is run by experienced nurses and healthcare assistants, aimed at determining if you are medically fit for surgery. This process will usually take three to four hours and while we aim to have everything done on that day, some patients may have to come back another day for further tests.


You will receive both an information and education booklet; please make sure you have read these to help you prepare for your operation and recovery.


Please also ensure that you bring all medication you are taking, in its original packaging, to the clinic.


At the clinic, you will be seen by:


Nurse: a member of our nursing team will examine you and ask you questions about your medical history, they will take blood samples and start the paperwork that will follow you through your journey as a patient.


At the clinic, you may also have to have the following tests.


Blood tests: this may include a full blood count, blood clotting tests and kidney function tests. These can tell us what is normal for you and identify and conditions such as anaemia that may need corrected before surgery.


X-ray: we may need to get an up to date x-ray of your chest when you come to clinic.


Urine test: this is to screen for infection. If positive, a course of treatment will be given and you will be re-tested again before surgery. Infections can delay your operation and it is important to get them treated.


MRSA swab: this is to screen for infection. If positive, a course of treatment will be given and you will be re-tested again before surgery. Infections can delay your operation and it is important to get them treated.


CPE test: Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) screening. This is to screen for infection.


ECG: this test is used to detect problems with the heart such as an abnormal rhythm. It may be carried out before your operation if you are an older person (over 60) with chest pain or a history of heart disease and you are undergoing major surgery.


Lung or Pulmonary Function Tests: these measure how well your lungs are working. This test may have already been done at your local hospital but we may need to get more up to date results.

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