In this area of the website you will find all the information necessary in relation to the Pre assessment process for pending day case surgery.

For pre-assessment purposes, day case surgery includes: Arthroscopy of the joint, and Arthroscopy requiring meniscus tear repair.

Why is Pre assessment needed?

PPre assessment is a vital and important part of the patient journey.

It is necessary for the surgeon and anaesthetist to have a full patient medical history prior to carrying out any surgical procedure. It ensures the safest possible outcome whilst having undertaken a general or spinal anaesthetic with sedation or local anaesthetic.

To commence this process a medical questionnaire is sent to the patient amongst a number of other documentation required. This will need to be completed as soon as possible and returned in the enclosed pre paid envelope.

Pre assessments enable the team to decide whether surgery is appropriately located for the safety of the patient i.e. within the private sector or alternative being an NHS hospital.

Pre assessment prepares the patient with valuable information and advice that is needed for them before surgery, whilst in hospital and to plan and organise their aftercare at home.

Pre assessment commences the one to one contact with Mr Aslam’s nurse, enabling continuing communication throughout their patient journey. This can happen by the nurse calling the patient direct or the patient can leave their telephone details with switchboard or pre assessment and the patient will have their calls returned.

Where does the pre assessment take place?

The pre assessment appointment occurs at Spire Southbank Hospital in Worcester.

As you arrive at the entrance to the hospital, you are greeted by a receptionist who will direct you to the left hand side of her desk, through the glass doors into a waiting lounge. A further receptionist books you onto the clinic I.T. system.

The Pre assessment nurse collects you from there and takes you to a nearby clinical room.

Toilet facilities are located by the glass doors and refreshments are available in the coffee lounge, music, T.V water Dispenser is in the waiting lounge.

What does the assessment entail?

Depending on the information stated in the questionnaire. If you are over the age of 60 yrs old an ECG i.e. a tracing of your heart is required. If you take particular medications then blood tests are also required. A urine test is taken.

If none of the latter are pertinent to you then a pre assessment appointment is not necessary.

Observations will be performed on Blood Pressure, Temperature, Oxygen capacity, pulse, respirations, measurements taken for anti embolic stockings full length/ half length and worn for 2 weeks post operatively.

The assessment will take place normally on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

The appointment will be sent to you via the “In Patient Bookings” dept after your surgery date has been confirmed. The pre assessment appointment will be approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the operation for minor surgery.

The appointment will be for half an hour.

Then you have the patient journey explained step by step for the day. An assessment of the use of crutches or sticks will be done if necessary, by the physiotherapist prior to you being discharged from hospital. A follow up appointment for two weeks and six weeks to see Mr Aslam and his nurse will be given to you on discharge from hospital, as well as separate physiotherapy appointments, commencing with in the first two weeks of being at home.

On admission, you will arrive to hospital on the day of surgery. The ward clerk will escort you from the waiting lounge to the ward. A nurse will admit you, prepare you for surgery. Physiotherapists will see you prior to your operation and give you all the relevant information and equipment for you to use at home. The surgeon and anaesthetist will see you. Analgesia to take home will be arranged. A “Fit Note” if required will be completed and given to you. Follow up appointments will be given to you prior to leaving hospital for Mr Aslam and for physiotherapy sessions.

A criteria has to be fulfilled by the patient before leaving hospital.

The patient needs to have eaten and drank, if nauseated given anti emetic medication if warrants.
Passed urine after an anaesthetic.
Pain well managed and adequate analgesia given and prescribed to take home.
Seen and assessed by physiotherapist prior to going home and safe with appliances if required.
Wound reviewed and assessed before discharge home. Advice is given to leave the wool and crepe bandage intact for 24 hours after going home, then the patient removes this leaving the waterproof plasters in place.

What are the benefits of this process?

Pre assessment processes allow the patient to absorb all the information, advice and guidance thereby allowing them to ask constructive questions pertinent to their individual requirements.

The patient gains a good, confident rapport with Mr Aslam’s nurse, being reassured that they will be well looked after by experienced staff in a safe, professional, environment and that all aspects of their care have been addressed.


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