The Pre Assessment Clinic is located on level 3 and aims to ensure that you are adequately prepared for your elective surgery. It is staffed by a senior sister, five staff nurses and two part time administrators under the guidance of a Consultant Anaesthetist. The team works closely with the Anaesthetic Department, Surgeons and GPs.

Opening hours:

  • Monday 9am to 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 9am to 5.30pm
  • Thursday 9am to 5.30pm
  • Friday 9am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday 8.30am to 4pm
  • Sunday CLOSED

During your visit to the Pre Assessment Clinic, staff will take a medical history, measure your height, weight, blood pressure, check your airway (neck and mouth opening) and, if necessary, examine your heart and lungs. All patients require screening for MRSA to prevent cross infection. A urine test is also required.

Other investigations may be ordered if needed such as an ECG (electronic recording of your heart), blood tests, Echocardiogram (scan) of heart and lung function tests. If there is a complex medical background, a consultant anaesthetic appointment may be necessary. Depending on the type of surgery you are having, you may need to complete a questionnaire.

Nutritional Drinks

You maybe given four nutritional drinks to take home to consume over two days before your operation. The drinks assist the response to pre-operative fasting and assist recovery.

 What to do if:

  • You are uncertain about what medicines to take before surgery:
    Contact the Pre-Assessment Clinic on 01935 384863. Due to lack of space, notes are stored in the Medical Records department. Therefore it may take a few days to be able to provide you with information.
  • Your MRSA swab came back positive
  • MRSA additional information
  • MSU problems:
    If the specimen is inconclusive, you will be asked to provide a repeat urine sample. If tests show that you may have a urine infection, we will contact your GP who will decide if you need treatment.
  • If you become unwell after your pre-assessment or there are changes in your health /medication:
    Please contact the Pre-Assessment Clinic on 01935 384863 for advice.
  • Any other concerns:
    Contact the Pre-Assessment clinic on 01935 384863.