Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic (Generic)

Our patients are asked to attend the clinic for a face-to-face appointment prior to coming in for their operation.

Some patients who have very good health may be contacted by telephone as they may not need to attend in person for an appointment.

At the appointment you will be asked to confirm your identity and contact details and will see a nurse in either a half hour or hour appointment slot.  During this appointment your surgical and anaesthetic history will be discussed.  This is also an opportunity to confirm what happens on your operation day and give you chance to ask any questions.  You will not see your consultant at this appointment, you will have the opportunity to talk to them again on the admission day.

Any investigations such as blood tests, electrocardiogram (ECG) and swabs will be done in the clinic as required.  If further tests such as lung function or echocardiograms are required, you will be asked to return for a further appointment. You may also be offered an appointment in our consultant-led Anaesthetic Clinic if you have a complicated medical history.

You will be given written information to take home with you.

Top tips for clinic

We suggest that you come to clinic in loose clothing.  The clinic appointment can take some time so we recommend that you bring a snack or money so that you are able to purchase food and refreshments if needed.  There are several food outlets throughout the hospital.  If you have been asked to provide a urine sample prior to surgery, this can be done when you attend clinic.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS+)

Depending on your surgery, you may be given a further appointment to attend one of our enhanced recovery hip, knee or surgery schools.  The aim of these sessions is to provide education and advice to ensure a successful and timely recovery from your operation (link to website).

What happens next?

If there are no concerns at the clinic then you will have your operation as planned.

If there are concerns, these will be discussed with you in person during the consultation or you may be contacted by telephone at a later date with a plan to proceed.

It is imperative that you contact your pre-operative assessment nurse if you have any changes to your health or medication between your clinic appointment and the operation date.  Unplanned attendances, for example, an A&E attendance is not automatically shared with other departments.

The contact details of your nurse and the department can be found on the front page of the ‘Pre-operative Assessment Information’ booklet you will be given at your appointment– the email address is:

Who are we?

The Generic Pre-operative Assessment Clinic at Wythenshawe Hospital is run by Emma Parkinson the Pre-operative Assessment Manager – supported by a team of 15 nursing and healthcare staff.

The department provides pre-operative assessment for the following specialities:-

  • General Surgery
  • Urology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial
  • ENT
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology – (ERCP under General Anaesthetic)

Other specialities within the hospital are covered by specific clinics, please refer to  the relevant pages for these.

Patient Experience Matters

We listen and respond to compliments, comments, concerns and complaints. You can contact us by writing to the Chief Executive, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Cobbett House, Oxford Rd, Manchester – 0161 276 8686

On occasion you may be asked for feedback regarding our service.  This is valuable in helping to make improvements to the patient experience.