All patients who are listed for elective surgery need to have a pre-assessment to assess their fitness for surgery (barring a few exceptions). The pre-assessment team comprises of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), Registered Nurses, Consultant Anaesthetists, Pharmacists and administrative support roles. Furthermore, the pre-assessment team works in collaboration with the Enhanced Recovery Team here at the Trust to optimise patients recovery post-surgery.
The pre-assessment model of care at the L&D was transformed during 2018-2019 with a new purpose built unit being officially opened by Paul Young on Monday 7th January 2019. This new unit allows patients to ‘drop in’ for their pre-assessment straight after they have been listed for surgery in clinic. This ‘drop in’ service reduces the need for patients to make multiple trips to and from the L&D and is aimed to streamline patients surgical pathways.
Furthermore, along with the daily clinics run by the pre-assessment MDT, the new model of care provides a centralised ‘hub’ where elements of the MDT ensure results and scans are appropriately reviewed and actioned accordingly. Patients are encouraged to contact the pre-assessment hub if they have any questions or concerns relating to their health or fitness for their planned surgical procedure. This can include advice on medications or changes to their health since their initial pre-assessment. The pre-assessment ‘hub’ can be contacted on 01582 718980.