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Our Services

Pre-operative Assessment Service

The service is provided for adult patients awaiting elective surgery in the specialities of orthopaedics, general surgery, gynaecology, urology and other day case procedures. The service aims to minimise risk, promote patient safety and facilitate a smooth pathway in the pre, peri, post-operative and post discharge periods. This is achieved by ensuring that all patients are physically fit for the operation, psychologically prepared for admission, surgery, recovery and rehabilitation, with commencement of early discharge planning. This helps to form a partnership with patients / carers reducing anxieties and helping them to make informed choices about their care.

The service also facilitates reduction in cancelled surgery / length of hospital stay, effective bed management and efficient use of staffing / non-staffing resources.

Specialist nursing sisters with extended roles provide this service and they work both autonomously and as part of the hospital team. Other healthcare colleagues support the service, including anaesthetists, cardiologists and specialist teams.

Where is the service provided from?

Reception Area - Ward 4
South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Lane
South Shields
NE34 0PL

Contact details

Sr. Pauline Franklin
Clinical Lead
Telephone: (0191) 2024054

Pre-operative assessment reception
Telephone: (0191) 4041067

The team

Sr. Pauline Franklin - Clinical Lead
Sr. Jean Maxwell - Specialist Sister
Sr. Helen Robinson - Specialist Sister
HCSW Anne Neilson - Health Care Support Worker

Locations for Pre-operative Assessment Service in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, (0191) 4041067