Preoperative examination (EN) Preoperative examination (EN)
You will be operated on soon, but first, you have a preoperative examination. To properly prepare for the operation, you must complete a questionnaire and have a consultation with the pharmacy assistant (if you are taking medication), the anaesthetist and the nurse. You will meet with each of them separately. The entire appointment will take about an hour. At Isala Zwolle, this appointment takes place at the Preoperative Examination Outpatient Clinic. At Isala Diaconessenhuis Meppel, this appointment takes place at the Admissions Service Point.
When is your appointment?
O You have an appointment on:
O You will receive a text message for making an appointment.
Questionnaire about your health
Before your appointment at the Preoperative Examination Outpatient Clinic or the Admissions Service Point, you will receive a digital questionnaire. This contains questions about your health. You can complete the questionnaire at the hospital or at home via 'MijnIsala'. You must have completed the questionnaire before you have the appointment.
Completing the questionnaire on a computer at the hospital
You will receive a number code from the referring outpatient clinic with which you can complete the questionnaire at the hospital. There are computers at the hospital where you can do this. Our volunteers will be happy to help you log in. Completing the questionnaire takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
Completing the questionnaire at home via 'MijnIsala'
You can also fill in the questionnaire at home via MijnIsala. This is the online patient portal for all Isala patients who are in possession of a DigiD. The portal is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You log on to www.mijnisala.nl with your DigiD and confirm your registration with the extra check via SMS. Go to 'In te vullen vragenlijsten' [Questionnaires to be completed]. Completing the questionnaire takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Please make sure you complete the questionnaire in one go because saving it half way is not possible. If you do not have a DigiD yet, keep in mind that requesting one takes five working days.
What should you bring to your appointment?
We ask you to bring the following information with you:
- a current medication overview from your pharmacy (not older than 2 months);
- an overview of medicines that you buy from the pharmacy yourself;
- the names and phone numbers of two contact people;
- if you do not speak Dutch, bring someone who speaks the language.
Consultation with the pharmacy assistant
(If you use medication)
The pharmacy assistant will review the medication overview with you. This is a list of the medicines you are currently taking and have taken in the last two months. You can request this list for free from your pharmacy. Any allergies and serious medication side effects are also listed in the overview.
You also need to include a list of the medicines that you take without a prescription such as paracetamol, antacids or vitamins you can buy without prescription at the drugstore or pharmacy. You have to add these to the list yourself.
If your medication changes after your appointment at the Preoperative Examination Outpatient Clinic or the Admissions Service Point, please let us know. The pharmacy assistant will process the change in your file.
Your GP and pharmacy can share your medical data with the hospital. The sharing of your medical data is done via the National Exchange Point (LSP). But only if you give permission for this. If you would like to know more about this or give permission, then go to the website www.volgjezorg.nl.
Consultation with the anaesthetist
The anaesthetist takes care of the anaesthesia during the operation and monitors your body functions such as your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. He also ensures that you do not feel pain.
You will discuss your health with the anaesthetist, and he conducts a short physical examination. He also checks whether special measures are required during your operation and which medication you can/cannot take because of the operation. In addition, the anaesthetist will give you an explanation about the type of anaesthesia that is used during the operation.
The anaesthetist you speak to during the preoperative examination is usually not the one who accompanies you on the day of surgery.
Consultation with the nurse
The nurse discusses the agreements made for the preparation for the operation and aftercare. During the consultation, she will discuss a number of questions with you that are important to the nursing department. She also discusses your home situation with you. She will tell you if you need help and if so, where you can arrange this.
If you have any questions, you can call the location where you are being treated:
(038) 424 21 39 (available from Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 17:00)
Admissions Service Point
(0522) 23 30 16 (available from Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 17:00)
If you can't make it, please let us know so we can make a new appointment.