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What to expect at your child’s preoperative care clinic appointment

Why does my child need a preoperative care clinic appointment?

A preoperative appointment allows us to prepare your child safely for their operation. It can help identify any areas where we can improve their general health before having an anaesthetic.

It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the day of your child’s operation or procedure.

What happens at this appointment?

You will be seen by one of our Preoperative Care Team who will ask about any medical or surgical treatment your child has had before, about any medications they might be taking or allergies to medicines. They may also ask about any family conditions or illnesses, in case these may affect your child.

You may also be seen by one of our anaesthetists, play specialists, or team members to help with preparing your child for hospital.

Your child might need some tests at this appointment which could include:

  • blood pressure, pulse and temperature checks
  • height and weight measurements including working out their Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • electrocardiogram (ECG) – this is an electrical tracing of the heart rate and rhythm
  • blood tests
  • spirometry – a breathing test

We will inform you if any of the tests need carrying out and explain to you why they are needed.

What to bring to your child’s appointment

  • Copies of prescriptions or a list of all medication your child is currently taking
  • Any questions you or your child would like to ask
  • Your contact details and details of your child’s GP
  • Your child’s Hospital Passport (if they have one)

Can someone else come with my child if I am unable to attend?

Your child must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian as we will need to confirm and accurately record your child’s medical history.

More information

For more information about Sheffield Children’s Hospital,
our Outpatient Department, parking and transport links please visit www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk

For more information about your child’s anaesthetic, including leaflets and activities designed for children, please visit our anaesthesia service webpage.

You could also download the ‘Little Journey’ interactive app for iOS and Android which is aimed at 3 to 12 year olds to help them prepare for the  day of their operation.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: ANA9

Resource Type: Article

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