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The pre-operative care centre (POCC) is a facility, designed to enhance quality of care and improve the experience for patients coming to hospital for surgery. At the POCC patients are checked to make sure they are in strong enough health before their operation, which reduces the risk of cancelled surgery. Staff also ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for the patient’s admission to hospital, their eventual discharge home and for ongoing care afterwards.

Previously delivered from a range of locations across St George’s Hospital, pre-operative care services are now based in one specialist environment, offering a “one stop shop” where patients can have their assessment as well as investigations, including ECGs (electrocardiograms), breathing tests and blood tests, all in one place.