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Health Optimisation

We have agreed a health optimisation policy to help patients get into the best possible shape for planned surgery. If the consultant or referring GP believes that a patient needs to lose weight, stop smoking or drink less alcohol, the medical professional and patient will agree targets that the patient will need to meet before surgery takes place. There is strong evidence that patients recover more quickly and completely if they are in good physical shape before undergoing surgery.

The policy has not been introduced to delay planned surgery, and it will not apply in cases where the consultant and anaesthetist agree that the surgery has become urgent for medical reasons.

Depending on their needs, patients needing support to optimise their health will be referred to the One You service provided by Cheshire East Council or to Everybody Healthy.

Click here for our easy-read leaflet describing health optimisation

Click here to see the form that health professionals will use to refer patients for support

Click here for the information that clinicians will use when explaining the process to patients

Click here to read the health optimisation policy

Click here for Dr Mike Clark's health column explaining why we've adopted the policy