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Pre-operative Assessment (Clinic 11) reception

The reception area of the Preoperative Assessment Clinic.

Centralised Preoperative Assessment

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Main clinic telephone no(s): 01473 703294
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to clinic:
Car Park F. View car parking information.
Entrance 6 - Main Outpatients
Turn left past the newsagent and then take the first turning on the left. We are located at the very end of Pink corridor, through a set of double doors. View hospital map.
Overview: The clinic provides a preoperative assessment service to patients who are to come into hospital for breast, general surgery, plastic, urology, colorectal and ENT operations.
Clinic times: Open Monday - Friday between 7:30 am and 6 pm
What to expect at your appointment: We endeavour to see every patient as soon as possible after they are told that they need to have an operation. Sometimes we see people the same day as their outpatient appointment with the surgeon or, more often, make an appointment for them to be seen very soon after.

The purpose of the appointment at preoperative assessment is for the nursing team to assess your health and fitness to undergo the planned operation. We will ask questions about your heart, your breathing, how much exercise you can do, any other illnesses you have had and what medication (if any) you are taking - please bring a list with you. At your appointment we undertake a range of investigations, including a blood pressure reading, body mass calculation and MRSA screening which involves taking a swab from the outer edges of each nostril and from either side of your groin.

If necessary, further tests such as blood samples, and electrocardiograph (a trace of your heart) or breathing investigations may be necessary.

We also provide help and support for patients on stopping smoking and weight management.

We will provide both verbal and written information which will help to prepare you and your carers for your admission to hospital.