The Cherwell Unit is a pre-operative assessment (pre-assessment)
unit for planned Orthopaedic, General Surgery, Urology, ENT, Day
Surgery and Gynaecology cases.
Our aim is to ensure that you are fit prior to undergoing
surgery and a general anaesthetic. If necessary we will refer you
for further clinical investigation before your procedure.
Depending upon the priority of your case, you will be invited to
pre-assessment approximately 12 weeks after your GP has referred
you to the hospital. At the Cherwell Unit, you will have a
consultation with a qualified nurse.
After this, you may need to undergo various tests with a Nursing
Auxiliary, which may include screening for MRSA, an urine test,
ECG, blood test, height and weight and blood pressure check.
Depending on the type of clinic you are attending, you may then see
your consultant. The Occupational Therapist may speak to you
regarding your furniture at home depending on the type of
Orthopaedic Surgery you are having.
If you are having joint replacement surgery such as replacement
knees or hips, you will also be invited to an education class in
our Education Room. The class starts at 12 noon and lasts for one
hour. The purpose of the class is to ensure that you have all the
information you need prior to surgery. We are happy for your
relatives to join you as it will give you both the opportunity to
During your assessment, your Nurse may wish to refer you to an
Anaesthetist for an opinion about whether you are suitable for a
general anaesthetic. If this is the case, every effort will be made
to arrange an appointment for you on the same day as your
Following an anaesthetic assessment, it may be necessary for you
to have further tests before surgery. These will be arranged by the
Nursing staff at the Cherwell Unit.
Following your outpatient appointment, you may have been asked
to attend the Cherwell Unit with your booking card. When you
arrive, you will be asked to complete a health screening
questionnaire. This enables a qualified Nurse to carry out an
assessment and to decide what tests, if any, you need before
surgery. If you need any tests, these will be carried out whilst
you are at the Cherwell Unit by a Nursing Auxiliary.
If we have not seen you following your outpatient appointment, we
will contact you either via phone or letter to arrange a
pre-assessment appointment prior to your procedure.
Each ward allows visiting 2.30pm - 5pm and 6pm - 8pm. This is to
allow protected meal times, drug administration and continuity of
care for patients throughout the hospital. Please be aware that
most wards do not accept flowers. Please contact the ward directly
if you have any questions.