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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Spinal Unit

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Pre-operative Assessment Clinic (POAC)

If you have been listed for surgery (other than day-case procedures) you will receive a letter to attend a Pre-operative Assessment Clinic a month or so before your planned surgery. The Pre-operative Assessment Clinic is run by a team of specialist nurses.

Your visit to the POAC is to help you prepare for your operation, discharge home and recovery. At the POAC your medical fitness for an anaesthetic will be assessed and any test required organised; most people require at least some blood tests, urine tests and a heart tracing (ECG).

Your consultant or a member of the surgical team will discuss the proposed operation, as well as answering any questions you may have, and you will be asked to sign a consent form. You will be seen by a physiotherapist, who will show you some exercises to do after your operation.

An occupational therapist will discuss any adjustments to your home that may be helpful for your discharge.