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Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic (POAC)

0121 685 4035


Pre-op is a ‘health check’ to ensure that you’re fit and ready for surgery. Following your assessment, if you are well enough, you will be given a date for your surgery. Sometimes it is necessary to alter this planned surgery date. You will be notified of any changes, either by letter or telephone.

Before your appointment, you will be asked to complete an online health questionnaire called Synopsis iQ. Based on these results, you will either:

  • Attend the hospital for some routine tests before surgery (i.e. screening and blood tests)
  • Have an appointment to discuss your health with a pre-op nurse
  • Have an appointment to discuss your health with an anaesthetist and pre-op nurse

Pre-Operative Health Questionnaire

  • It is important to complete this before your operation
  • The process usually takes 15-20 minutes
  • Please have details of your height, weight and usual current medications to hand

Inform us if your health changes

If your health changes, please inform us as soon as possible so we can make changes to your treatment plan. The changes to look out for include:

Breathing and heart problems
  • If an existing chest or heart problem becomes worsened
  • If you become increasingly breathless
  • If you develop a sore throat, a cold, ‘flu’ or an unusual chesty cough
  • If you suffer any fainting or blackouts

Urinary problems
  • Your urine becomes unusually smelly or cloudy
  • If you start to experience pain, burning sensation or pass blood in your urine
  • You find you are passing urine more often than normal

  • If you develop bleeding gums, toothache, loose or broken teeth
  • If you require any urgent dental treatment

  • If you develop an upset stomach, diarrhoea
  • If you pass blood in your stool

  • If you develop rashes, cuts spots etc. near the area to be operated on
  • Your legs become unusually swollen
  • You develop ulcers on your legs or feet