Our team of nurses and support staff in the pre-assessment department will see you once you are put on the waiting list for your operation.

If you are going to have an operation, we want to make sure you are fit and healthy and able to have an anaesthetic.

We will help reduce your worries and concerns and will carry out some simple checks including:

  • blood pressure and pulse check
  • your weight and height
  • full assessment of your physical fitness

If appropriate further investigations may be carried out which could include:

  • ECG (electrocardiography – a tracing of your heart)
  • blood test
  • MRSA screening

The staff were very efficient, helpful and understanding.

You will be asked to complete a health care questionnaire and asked questions about your lifestyle, for example whether you smoke or drink and some questions about your general health.

You may be referred to see an anaesthetist if you have a number of health problems.

You will receive an information leaflet in the post explaining what happens when you come into hospital and we will give you an idea of when you will be home so you can make arrangements.

You will be referred directly to us from our outpatient clinic or by a consultant.


University Hospital of North Tees
Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm

University Hospital of Hartlepool
Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm

We run two anaesthetic clinics each week at each hospital site.


University Hospital of North Tees
01642 624190

University Hospital of Hartlepool
01429 522480

Useful links

National Institute for Clinical Excellence