Preparing for hospital

As part of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ (RCoA) commitment to championing perioperative medicine, the College has launched Fitter Better Sooner – a patient information toolkit aimed at advising patients on how to prepare for going in to hospital and encouraging them to improve their health before surgery. The toolkit consists of one main leaflet, six specific leaflets on some of the most common surgical procedures and an animation which can be shown in clinics or on portable devices.

Having an operation is a major event in a patient’s life and many will have had limited exposure to hospitals. But there is much patients can do ahead of surgery to reduce anxiety and aid a speedy and successful recovery. Aimed at patients, but delivered by care providers, the toolkit materials can be used in ‘teachable’ moments with patients in order to encourage them to actively participate in their own healthcare choices and enjoy the benefit of a healthy lifestyle long after surgery.

You can download the tooolkit, here.