Sussex ENT: Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust
Worthing and Southlands Hospital

 

THE PRE-OPERATIVE ASSESSMENT

Princess Royal Hospital - Worthing Hospital - Children

 

Before any operation, you will be asked to attend a pre-operative assessment.

This is a nurse led clinic which helps you prepare for your surgery. The purpose is to assess your general health and fitness to make sure you are well enough for your surgery.

At this visit, we will need to know about any medical conditions you have, any medications you are taking, and any allergies you have. We will also give you a general medical examination and you may be required to undertake some simple investigative tests, for example blood tests, a chest x-ray or an electrocardiogram ( a tracing of the electrical activity of your heart). The purpose of this is to highlight any potential problems in good time before your operation, so that your stay in hospital is as safe as possible.

Although the operation will usually have been discussed with you previously, we will describe to you the procedure, the intended benefits and the potential risks involved. You will be asked thereafter to sign a consent form, without which we would not be able to proceed with the operation.

Below is a checklist of information to bring to the assessment:-

LIST OF MEDICATIONS YOU ARE PRESENTLY TAKING.

INFORMATION ABOUT ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT YOU SUFFER FROM PRESENTLY OR PREVIOUSLY.

QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE OPERATION.

Princess Royal Hospital

The assessment is conducted in the Hickstead Unit on the ground floor of Princess Royal Hospital (see 'How to find us' page for details of where this is).

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Worthing Hospital

The assessment at Worthing is carried out at the surgical preassesment unit located on the ground floor of the hospital between the West and North Wings

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Children

Childrens assesment is similar to that of adults but is carried out on the Ward your child will stay on. This is to help familarise you and your child to the ward and meet the nurses who will be looking after your child.

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