This is a Nurse led outpatient clinic where patients are assessed before elective surgery; for Day of Surgery Admission (DOSA), Dayward or Reeves Day Surgery Centre (RDSC). Patients are referred by their Surgeon and appointments can be anytime up to three months before surgery. The purpose of the Pre-Assessment Clinic is to:
- Evaluate the patients suitability for undergoing anaesthetic and surgery
- Optimise their health before surgery
- Reduce peri and post-operative complications
- Reduce length of stay in hospital
- Provide information to reduce fears and anxieties that patients or families may have
A visit to the Surgical Pre-Assessment Clinic can include:
- A full medical, surgical and anaesthetic history is taken.
- The appropriate pre-operative investigations are carried out (e.g. ECG, blood tests, urine test, x-rays, MRSA screening).
- Relevant education in relation to the upcoming surgery; from admission to discharge including pre-operative optimisation.
- Pre-operative medication advice is also given.
The anaesthetist reviews the nursing assessment and investigations, then patient’s may be deemed fit for surgery. There will be certain patients that will require another visit to see the Consultant Anaesthetist in the High Risk Clinic. You can read about further information on the Surgical Pre-Assessment Clinic by reading this patient information leaflet