Our Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic has a new home at Southmead Hospital

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The Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic, which was previously based at Gate 36, in our Brunel building, has moved to it’s new home in one of our retained estates buildings near our Women’s and Children’s quarter.

The 12-week project saw a full refurbishment of the previous impatient Weston ward, run by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust. This included changing the layout to create 16 new assessment rooms, equipped with 3 offices and reception.

The move has opened up spaces in our Brunel building for more same-day emergency care to be delivered. It has also created more assessment rooms for the pre-operative team which can provide additional capacity in the future.

The pre-operative clinic at Southmead ensures that we have a full understanding of our patient's medical history and any ongoing health problems to assess their fitness before undergoing surgery and anaesthesia.

On Monday 28 March, the teams involved held a small opening to celebrate the work that had gone into the move before the clinic opens to patients the next day on Tuesday 29 March.

Thank you to all our colleagues and contractors who have worked incredibly hard to ensure a seamless transition.

Nicola Mackey, Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic Clinical Matron said “This move has shown the wonderful teams at NBT at their best. From day 1, all the teams involved have been so efficient whether that’s informing and rescheduling patients to the new location, our estate's team and contractors who created these brilliant spaces, maximising every inch and the whole team pre-op team for embracing this change. It really is a lovely space for our patients and colleagues so thank you to everyone involved - it was a huge team effort.