Pre Operative Assessment Clinic
Main telephone number: 01604 544265
Fax number: 01604 544802
Monday to Thursday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Friday 8.00am – 5.30pm
Please note that drop in appointments only operate between the hours of 11.30am and 3.00pm, Monday to Thursday. If you are travelling some distance to get to the clinic it is advisable to ring the clinic and request an appointment. Booked appointments are from 8.00am - 10.15am.
Most patients will come directly from their consultant appointment and will be assessed in the Pre op department on that day (We call this a one stop clinic).
How to find us
AREA K, opposite the west entrance of the hospital, on the first floor – adjacent to the dermatology clinic. (The old outpatients department)
At the preoperative assessment clinic, your fitness for your operation will be assessed.
The nurse will collect information from you regarding your medical history, functional capacity, current medication and allergies and also appropriate social circumstances relevant to your admission and discharge from hospital.
Physiological measurements are taken (BP, heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, BMI) and then appropriate investigations are organised according to national and local guidelines for each patient as an individual. This will include blood tests, ECG and MRSA screening. These tests are performed at the clinic.
You will be provided with verbal and written information regarding your admission to hospital, including management of your medication.
You will also be given instructions to return for repeat blood tests if you are not admitted within eight weeks of your POA visit.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring any medication you are currently taking, or a current prescription. Bring your glasses and any hearing aids you normally wear. You can bring a friend or relative to escort you if you wish.
How much time should I allow before my appointment?
Allow plenty of time to park prior to your appointment, as parking in this area is limited. The appointment will take approximately 1- 2 hours.
Most patients are seen in POA immediately after their appointment with their surgeon (the same day).
How do I get to the department?
The department is on the first floor of area K – adjacent to the Dermatology Clinic.
Where should I park?
The nearest car parking facilities are car park 3 and car park 4. These both have limited parking. There is a drop off area outside the main building.
About the team
Our POA team consists of specialist clinical nurses, health care assistants, administrative support staff and consultants in anaesthesia with an interest in POA.
Senior Clinical Nurse/ Department manager Sharron Matthews
Clinical Lead - Dr. Rae Webster
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