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Centralised Pre Operative Assessment Unit

Welcome to the centralised pre-operative assessment units

The centralised pre-operative assessment unit was purpose built in 2008, designed to provide an excellent service in pre operative assessment for all specialities.


Northern General

Royal Hallamshire

B floor
Huntsman building
Northern General Hospital
0114 2266235

Ward J2
J Floor
Royal Hallamshire
0114 2713146

We are open from 8 am until 4pm, Monday to Friday. We are closed on bank holidays We are open 7:30-6:00 Monday-Thursday, on Friday we are open 7:30-4:00 Friday


We assess patients who will be undertaking planned (elective) surgery in the specialities of:

  • Orthopaedics
  • General surgery
  • Renal surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Plastic surgery

At the preoperative assessment unit, our aim is to assess your medical health prior to surgery regarding your fitness for your operation and proivide you with any necessary information regarding your operation and recovery period.

The nurse will collect information from you regarding your medical history, current medication and allergies and also ask questions about your social circumstances relevant to your admission and to prepare you for your discharge home.

Some tests are undertaken at the time of your pre operative assessment such as blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, height and weight and then other appropriate investigations are organised according to your individual needs. This may include blood tests, a heart trace and screening for the hosptial acquired infection MRSA.

You will be provided with verbal or written information regarding your admission to hospital, including management of your medication.

Useful resources

Please find below some useful resources to help you prepare for your pre-operative assessment.

You and your anaesthetic

Having an operation

Antiseptic washes for the treatment of MRSA before admission


Your planned admission to Critical Care: HDU/POSU


Preparing for major surgery during the Coronavirus outbreak



Patient Leaflets

  • You and your anaesthetic
  • Having an operation
  • Antiseptic washes for the treatment of MRSA before admission

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question or need to rescedule your appointment.

Northern General

0114 226 6235

Royal Hallamshire

0114 271 3146


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