Undergoing surgery can be a stressful experience. The Pre-operative Assessment Clinic provides a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where patients can be prepared physically, psychologically and socially for their forthcoming operation and also their discharge from hospital.
Our professionally trained staff meet with every patient to examine them and ensure that they are ready for their elective surgery or procedure. This can take from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. The assessment is undertaken to also ensure that each patient is suitable for the proposed anaesthestic.
We request that you bring your medicines, in their original boxes or your most recent prescription, with you to your appointment. We will discuss your medicines and you will be informed as to whether these can be continued up to the surgery date.
If you have been seen in another hospital that is not part of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust, please bring along your discharge summary or any correspondence that you have.
It may be that you will be required to have further investigations arranged prior to your surgery, so your operation date may have to be altered to accommodate this.
You will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have during your appointment.
If an interpreter is required please telephone the Clinical Administration Unit to let them know so that suitable arrangements can be made. The telephone number for the unit can be found on your appointment letter. Please note that we do not allow family members or friends to be used as an interpreter.
If you or your relative have any additional needs, please telephone the Pre-operative Assessment Clinic Sister at the hospital where you appointment is due to take place, so that we can allocate extra time, if required.
Failure to attend your appointment may result in your operation being cancelled.
- Pre-operative Assessment Clinic Maidstone Hospital – Sister Stroud telephone 01622 224607
- Pre-operative Assessment Clinic Tunbridge Wells Hospital – Sister Barton telephone 01892 635854
- Lead Practitioner for Pre-operative Assessment Clinic – Sister Staples 01622 224604
You can find more information about your stay in hospital here.