Pre-Assessment Tools and Resources

The Pre-Assessment Clinical Working Group agreed that it would be helpful to share links to various resources that support local, regional, and national pre-assessment pathways on the SW SIC ODN website to share learning and wider opportunities.

Please note: These links are to charity and ‘for-profit’ organisations. Operational Delivery Networks are funded by the NHS and we are sharing this information to raise awareness of available resources and opportunities to improve pathways for children undergoing surgical procedures, and enhance NHS services to be more child-friendly. The network are not intending to promote any particular company or product through our website. Contact us if there is anything you would like to share on this page.

Further internal resources are available to NHS colleagues through our NHS Futures page.

National Resources

The Royal College of Anaesthetists have a variety of age-appropriate leaflets designed by children, which show what to expect when having an anaesthetic and what choices there may be.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists have published a summary card which shows some of the common events and risks that healthy children face when having a GA for routine surgery.

The UKCPA Handbook of Perioperative Medicines provides national guidance and ensures unified practice for the management of patient’s regular medicines in the perioperative period.

The Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland published their Best Practice Guidance: Pre-assessment Services for Children undergoing Surgery or Procedures in Spring 2022.

Dr Amy Norrington and colleagues in South Tees published guidelines for developing multidisciplinary, high quality, and child-centred pre-operative assessment.

Regional Resources

Gloucestershire Hospital have recorded a video showing what to expect, how to prepare, and how to recover from surgery at their Children’s Centre.

UHBW have developed a video explaining to children and families what happens when a they come into hospital for a general anaesthetic.


The Asthma Control Test is a tool used by healthcare providers globally
to help determine if asthma symptoms are well controlled

A tool for paediatric prescribers including dosages and calculator
Please ensure all prescriptions are checked as per local policy.

Health Promotion

These tools and resources on weight, diet and exercise, smoking, dental hygiene, mental health, and vaccinations
can be shared with families to promote and encourage a healthier lifestyle: