Statistical data requested over two distinct time tines (the six-months prior to NLPA and the six-months during NLPA) was presented in a comparative form.
2) This was often confirmed during the trial and NLPA was able to identify the need for intervention, eg a day-stay admission requiring a change to overnight admission or a patient requiring admission the day before surgery because it was more appropriate to that patient's needs, safety and recovery.
They attended NLPA directly following consent for surgery and, if assessed fit for surgery, were able to proceed straight to admission on a date agreeable to the patient and the surgeon.
During this trial an anonymous postal survey was posted to all 128 patients who attended an NLPA clinic during a given time period.
Little evidence could be sourced on cost analysis of NLPA clinics internationally.
implementation of NLPA clinics as effective components of pre-operative services within clinical management;
NLPA to follow up investigations and referrals, to ensure patient remains in pre-assessment team;
NLPA to continue to liaise actively with anaesthetic department;
NLPA to take responsibility for communication with the patient throughout their pre-assessment journey; and
NLPA has been shown to be the foundation for forming a rapport with the patient.