Preparing for your surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic
We are pleased to report that we have restarted planned Orthopaedic operations at SWLEOC on 16 June 2020. Before the restart we have used the available time to deep clean our hospital, undertake important maintenance and redesign some of our layout to keep you as safe as possible when you come in for your surgery.
Undergoing surgery now that COVID-19 is around us is not the same as it was before. To understand how circumstances have changed please read the section on Information on Surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your surgeon will have discussed the risks and benefits of your operation and any alternatives to surgery when your name was put forward for surgery. You may have been asked to sign a consent form for the operation. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the balance of risks relating to surgery has changed. There are additional risks that are described in the Supplementary consent form. Please read this carefully and make a note of anything you do not understand or if you have any questions. Your consultant or a member of their team will call you to discuss these matters with you.
We have a duty to choose who we bring in to hospital based on risk and priority. You will be contacted by a nurse from the SWLEOC pre-assessment team to assess your health and any underlying conditions and to arrange any tests that you may need in preparation for surgery. Based on this assessment, the pre-assessment nurse will advise you of your level of risk based on the American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) grading system. If your operation is deemed very high risk then you may be advised to delay your operation.
We also need co-operation from yourself in terms of preparing for your surgery and maximising not only your safety, but the safety of others around you. This will require you to take enhanced precautions for 14 days before your operation and for 14 days after your operation. The level of precautions that you will be asked to follow will depend on your level of risk and ASA grading as follows:
Category A (Lower risk): If you are deemed to be ASA category I or II OR if you are having an Injection, Aspiration or Manipulation you will be asked to follow the guidance in Leaflet A - Comprehensive Social distancing before and after surgery.
Category B (Higher risk): If you are deemed to be in ASA category III or higher OR if you are having two joints replaced at the same time OR if you are having a revision joint replacement, you will be asked to follow the guidance in Leaflet B - Self-isolation before and after surgery.
You will be assigned to a category (A or B) by the pre-assessment nurse. You will be sent these documents by post (and email if you choose). It is important that you follow the correct guidance document. We will call you to make sure you have received and read these documents and give you a chance to ask questions. Your Consultant will also do the same.
As long as you are comfortable with what you have read, you can comply with the instructions and stay safe and healthy, then we will be able to do our best to look after you and get an excellent result from your operation.
You may choose to defer your operation to a later date after reading this information. If you wish to defer your operation please call SWLEOC admissions on 01372 735803.