Pre-Op Assessment

Who is the service for?

A pre-operative assessment is performed on all adult patients who are going to have an operation or a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic (G.A.).

Your pre-operative assessment happens after you and your surgeon have decided that a surgical procedure is necessary.

What does the service provide?

The aims of the service are to:

  • assess how fit you are for surgery and anaesthetic.
  • 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 nurse will perform your assessment, asking you questions about your general health and your lifestyle (e.g. whether your smoke or drink). If you take medication then you must bring a GP prescription for the nurse to see.

Your blood pressure, height, weight and urine will be checked and you may have other tests carried out for example:

  • MRSA screening (if not previously done in Out Patient Clinic).
  • Blood test
  • ECG ( a tracing of the activity of your heart)
  • Pregnancy test
  • Lung function test
  • Chest X-ray

Your assessment with the nurse will normally last about 30-60 minutes. However you should allow approximately 2 hours for your appointment as you may have to undergo certain tests in other parts of the hospital as part of your assessment.

If you have a medical condition that is unstable or you have a medical history that is complex you will be referred to an Anaesthetist who may want to see you prior to your surgical procedure in a separate clinic appointment.

Who will patients meet?

Registered nurses will undertake the pre-operative assessment supported by health care assistants.

You may also need to see an anaesthetist if your pre-assessment nurse highlights that you have a complex medical condition.

When is the service available?

Pre-operative Assessment Clinics are currently open from 8:00 to 17:00 (Monday – Friday). However there are plans to extend opening times in 2014 so that patients have more access to clinics.

Where is the service provided?

Pre-operative Assessment Clinics are based at:

North Manchester General Hospital (Out Patient Dept ‘E’)

The Royal Oldham Hospital (Ward D3)

Department contact details

North Manchester General Hospital  0161 720 2824

The Royal Oldham Hospital 0161 627 8272

Practical information

Please bring a list of current medication with you.

If you have a medical alert card or medical implant e.g. pacemaker, it is important to bring these details with you to show the nurse.

Please note that friends and relatives are not permitted to interpret for you during your assessment. Therefore if your English is limited or if you need the services of a sign-language interpreter please contact Pre-operative Assessment Clinic as soon as possible so that an interpreter can be arranged.

Key staff

Judith Gayne, Pre-operative Assessment Manager