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Planned surgery

Arranging your surgery

Once you and your surgeon have agreed that an operation is necessary, you will be placed on his waiting list for surgery. The waiting list department manage the co-ordination of your surgery and patients are booked based on clinical need and in chronological order. 

The waiting list department will contact you directly to agree a date for your surgery and will confirm this date in writing.


Before you come into hospital for planned surgery, we will assess your general health to make sure you are able to have an anaesthetic and an operation safely.  For Bridlington, any patients who meet certain criteria will be treated.  Patients with higher risk factors will have their care transferred to York and have their surgery there.

You will need to bring with you:

  • Your completed Home Environment Questionnaire
  • An up to date repeat prescription of your medicines or your medicines in their original packaging
  • A list of all the illnesses and operations you have had
  • A fresh sample of urine

At pre-assessment you may have a number of investigations including:

  • Blood tests to check whether you are anaemic and to match your blood in case you need a blood transfusion
  • An Electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart beat
  • An x-ray of your hip joint, unless an x-ray has been done recently
  • A urine test to exclude infection
  • Your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration oxygen levels, height, weight, and body mass index

MRSA screening test

At your pre-assessment appointment, we will give you the enhanced recovery carbohydrate drinks to take home with you. You will need to take these before you come in for your surgery.

Joint school

This is where you will meet a physiotherapist and occupational therapist who will explain about your stay in hospital and assess your mobility and management at home.

You will meet a member of the physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams. They will:

  • Assess and advise on your individual mobility and rehabilitation needs
  • Supply you with appropriate walking aids and teach correct usage
  • Teach an initial exercise programme in preparation for your surgery
  • Supply you with temporary equipment or aids at home if you need them

Click here to find out more information about coming into hospital, going home, after surgery care and rehabilitation.

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