NHS 2nd installment

Yesterday, 4th April, had my pre-op assessment. Never had an operation before so I don’t know whether this is a new procedure or something that has been around for a while.  However, it was all very thorough. I saw five different nurses each of whom did their part. The first nurse monitored my heart – all okay. The second one took my Blood Pressure which was okay, weighed and measured me , 88kilos , 6 feet which according to the nurse meant that I was slightly Obese ? Okay, I could do to lose a couple of kilos but Obese? The third nurse took my bloods – all good so far. Yet another nurse took swabs from various parts of my body, asked me to provide a urine sample which surprisingly, took me longer than I expected it to but I came up trumps in the end. Following this, the fifth and final nurse took me through a set of questions which, I presumed, were to assess my suitability for the pending operation. Unfortunately, the nurse was unable to answer my own questions, the main one being “Will I be awake during my operation as I don’t like the idea of being put to sleep”. The best she could do was to hand me a few leaflets – none of which told me anything that I didn’t already know, before sending me on my way. Oh, she did advise me to come wearing shorts or jogging bottoms when I arrived for my operation next Thursday. I hope this doesn’t mean that I will be expected to take part in some kind of physical activity.

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About hovisb

Retired socialworker specialising in substance misuse and mental health (Dual Diagnosis). Previously worked in management. Enjoys culture, especially music, literature and art. Animal lover.
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