Salisbury Foundation Trust

Pre-operative Assessment (POAU)


The pre-operative assessment unit is a nurse-led clinic that specialises in preparing patients for planned surgery. A pre-operative assessment is performed on all patients who are having a surgical procedure performed under anaesthetic.

Level 4 - first door on the left after going across the link bridge in SDH Central
Best place to Park
Parking is available in the visitors' car parks at the rear of the site (car park 8 – pay on foot).

By car: Enter the hospital site at Entrance A. Park in car park 8.

By bus: Alight at Main Entrance (third stop).

Enter hospital at Main Entrance (level 3). Go up to level 4 by stairs or lift and cross over the link bridge. The Pre-Operative Assessment Unit is immediately on the left.

Direct Telephone No
01722 336262
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The type of pre-operative assessment offered depends on the nature of the planned operation and whether you have underlying medical problems.

The types of assessment range from a review of your GP electronic record and health screening questionnaire, to a face to face appointment with a specialist Pre-operative Assessment Nurse or Consultant Anaesthetist.

Patients attending for face to face pre-operative assessment appointments in preparation for Gynaecology or breast procedures may also be asked to attend the relevant outpatient clinic immediately prior to or following their pre-operative assessment. Information about this will be provided in the clinic letter if required.

  1.  All patients must complete the health screening questionnaire accessed via the link below.
    It is very important for your own safety that you complete this questionnaire; failure to do so may result in your procedure being cancelled.
    To access the questionnaire, please Click this link: Health Screening questionnaire.

What happens when I have completed the health screening questionnaire?
If asked to attend an assessment clinic appointment
Please bring with you
After the appointment
Pre-Operative Assessment Unit Opening times
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Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.

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