Coronavirus: POPS update
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before attending the service.
The older persons assessment unit (OPAU)
Ground floor, Bermondsey Wing
Tel: 020 7188 2092
Fax: 020 7188 2096
Open: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm
Map to the OPAU at Guy's (PDF 40Kb)
Changing or cancelling your appointment
Please telephone the team directly on 020 7188 2092 as soon as possible so that your appointment can be given to another patient.
What to bring with you
- Feel free to bring a member of your family with you.
- Please bring details of all medications you are taking (or have taken in the recent past) for any condition you may have. This should include prescriptions from your doctor or other specialist, any alternative or herbal remedies and anything you have bought over the counter.
- Please bring all letters you have received from other hospitals involved in your care
Please contact the POPS team directly if you need advice and assistance in arranging hospital transport or an interpreter.
At your appointment
- Your first appointment may take up two hours.
- Follow-up appointments take 30 minutes-one hour.
We make every effort to see you on time but delays may occur, so please allow plenty of time.
You will be seen by a nurse and then a doctor, who will take a detailed history and examine you. We may ask you to undress to examine you. The doctor or nurse will ask if you are comfortable before starting any such examination and you can request a chaperone at any time.
The person you see may not be the doctor named in your appointment letter but will be a member of the same team.
As this is a teaching hospital, students supervised by qualified staff might be involved in your care. It is valuable training for students and does not affect the quality of your treatment in any way, but please tell us if you do not want them to be present or involved. We will always respect your wishes.
You may also:
- Have an electronic tracing of your heart and blood tests. This will all take place in the same clinic
- See the specialist occupational therapist or physiotherapist if your doctor feels it is necessary
- Have an x-ray if your doctor requests this. We will aim to have this done on the same day as your appointment
After your appointment
You will be seen by the team before your operation, during your hospital admission and will be monitored when you go home.
We will send you and your GP a copy of your assessment by post. We will also send a copy to the consultant or surgical speciality that referred you to us. Please read this letter carefully as it will include preoperative instructions.
- change your medications
- suggest further treatment
- request further tests before your surgery
If further tests are needed, we will continue to review you. This review may be in the form of:
- a return appointment to our clinic
- a visit to your home by a member of our team
- a telephone call to you to see how you are doing
- a GP review
If you would like to discuss your assessment, please contact the POPS office and a member of the team will be happy to help you.