What is a preoperative assessment?

If your Consultant has recommended surgery, the preoperative assessment lets us check your fitness for anaesthetic and for your procedure. It also identifies any special needs you might have.

You’ll be contacted by our Bookings team to book your preoperative assessment as soon as an appointment is available. Once agreed, an appointment confirmation will be sent to you.

Nursing staff in outpatients at Benenden Hospital

What happens during my preoperative assessment?

You’ll meet a member of the nursing team who’ll carry out any tests you need. Depending on your procedure, you may have also been booked in for an anaesthetic review on the same day or this may be requested during your preoperative assessment.

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What should I bring to my preoperative assessment?

Please bring your completed health screening questionnaire to your preoperative assessment. If you’ve ever had any tests or scans relating to cardiology, nephrology (renal medicine), neurology, endocrinology, haematology or respiratory medicine, you should bring details of these with you to your appointment. This should include copies of any letters, test results or reports that you have.

You should also bring details of any prescription medicines that you’re taking, either a copy of your green (GP) repeat prescription form or the actual medicines in their original packets. 

It’s very important that you bring this information with you as we’ll use it to make sure that it’s safe for you to have surgery and anaesthesia.

When will I know the results of my preoperative assessment?

The Preoperative Assessment office will notify the clinical teams if there are any issues. They’ll only be in contact with you if there’s a problem.

What happens after my preoperative assessment?

The Preoperative Assessment team will liaise with your GP, Consultant and the Bookings team to ensure that it’s safe for you to have your procedure. How long you have to wait will depend on theatre and Consultant availability. Our Bookings team will contact you by phone as soon as they can.