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Pre-operative Assessment

Why do I need this service and how can I access it?

Your surgeon has recommended that you need an operation. To prepare for you for this, you will attend a dedicated gynaecology pre-operative assessment clinic before your date of surgery - ideally this will be 1-2 weeks beforehand.

This appointment can take up to 2 to 3 hours. This is to make sure you are well enough and fully prepared for your surgery and that you are prepared for going home from hospital (discharge) and ongoing recovery.

Please bring any medication that you are taking (or a copy of a recent prescription.)

At this clinic you may meet members of the team looking after you including the surgeon, the pre-operative assessment nurse, anaesthetist and junior doctor.

The pre-operative assessment nurse will arrange all relevant tests and co-ordinate your appointments. You may have several tests and investigations at this clinic which may include:

  • Medical history
  • Blood pressure, Pulse & Oxygen levels
  • Blood tests
  • Height & weight
  • Urine test
  • Consent for your operation
  • ECG (tracing of your heart) if necessary
  • Chest X-ray if necessary
  • You will also be measured for stockings to reduce your risk of developing a blood clot 
  • Further tests may include a heart scan or lung function test.
  • However, you may not have these tests at the pre operative assessment clinic, but we will arrange for another date for these to be performed.   

 

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Depending on what operation you are having you may be involved in an ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) programme. Research has found that the sooner we get patients up and about and moving as soon as possible after surgery then the quicker the patients’ recovery will be. Part of this programme involves drinking carbohydrate drinks before your operation to help with your recovery. The pre-operative assessment nurse will explain this in more detail and give you the drinks at the clinic.

The team:

Senior Charge Nurses: Sally O’Rourke and Carol Archibald

Staff Nurse: Karen Johnston

Reception Clerkess: Margaret Moore                      

Contact us:

The Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic is located within the Maternity Building of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. We are on the ground floor.

Tel.no. 0141 201 2286.

Another useful telephone number to have is Ward 49 - 0141 201 2282

ERAS

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Last Updated: 27 May 2021