Pre operative assessment (Pre-op)
We care for patients who are going to have an operation or a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic. Your pre-operative assessment happens after you and your surgeon have decided that a surgical procedure is necessary.
We are a nurse-led clinic where we determine if you are physically fit enough to have surgery.
The pre-operative journey
The road you take to your procedure involves a series of key stages that are illustrated below – you’ll find information links about each stage in our patient information section further down this page:
The aims of the service are to:
- Assess you to ensure that you are as fit as possible for surgery and anaesthetic.
- Help reduce your worries and concerns.
- Provide verbal and written information about your admission to hospital, your surgical procedure, length of stay and discharge.
- A qualified nurse will undertake the majority of your assessment, asking you questions about your general health and your lifestyle (e.g. whether your smoke or drink).
Find out more about attending our pre-operative assessment clinics.