If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) – the advice is to stay at home for 10 days. All members of this household should remain at home for 10 days.

If you think you have symptoms, please do not attend your hospital appointment until you are advised it is safe to do so. Please contact us to rearrange your appointment, or to re-organise treatment and tests.

The latest information on the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can be found here.

If you are over 75 you can now book your vaccination appointment at the King's Mill Hospital Hub here or you can call 0115 883 4640. Please do not call the main hospital number to book an appointment.


Pre-Operative Assessment

Patients undergoing elective surgery all need to undergo a pre-operative assessment to assess their general health and fitness for the procedure. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about anaesthetics and be provided with information about anaesthetic options and post-operative pain management.

The process starts once you have seen the Surgeon and surgery is identified as an option. You will be given a general health questionnaire to complete and take to Clinic 3. Here you will be seen and have routine observations; blood pressure and heart rate recordings are taken. Following this you will need to be seen by a member of the nursing team, this may be on the same day or an appointment may need to be booked for you the following week.

When you see the nurse further tests may be required, for example, blood tests, ECG (a non-invasive test of the heart) etc. Some patients need sleep studies prior to their operation or may need to be seen by the Consultant Anaesthetic Doctor. These will be arranged by the Preoperative Assessment Team.

Patients having major surgery will also be given an appointment to see a Consultant Anaesthetist in clinic to discuss further risk and anaesthetic options.

The overarching aims of a Preoperative Assessment are:

  • To gain information from about patients general health and fitness for the anaesthetist;
  • To give patients information about anaesthetic options and pain management;
  • To refer early for any further tests or specialist opinions which may be needed in order to deliver a safe anaesthetic;
  • To refer to a Consultant Anaesthetist where necessary, for specialist advice and risk assessment;
  • To give patients advice about optimising their health prior to surgery including; smoking cessation, reduction in alcohol consumption, improve fitness levels and weight loss amongst many others;
  • To deliver a personalised service according to individual patient needs.

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