From July 2018 all referrals for general or gynaecological surgery procedures are subject to a new process called Health Optimisation. What this means is that if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more AND/OR you are an active smoker you will be asked to undertake a period of three months’ ‘health optimisation’.
As doctors, we have a duty to achieve the best health outcomes for the whole local population. One of the ways to improve health and wellbeing is to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight and/or stop smoking. Getting fit for surgery reduces the risks associated with an operation and anaesthetic, helps ensure a swift recovery following the operation and brings longer-term health benefits.
In practical terms, what this means is that if you meet the BMI and/or smoking criteria mentioned above you will have to wait for a period of three months while you undergo the Health Optimisation programme, aimed at helping you to lose weight and/or to stop smoking.
For more information please see the ‘Getting fit for surgery’ booklet