Information for the public

About this information

NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services.

This information explains the advice about tests people should have before surgery that is set out in NICE guideline NG45.

This is an update of advice on tests before surgery that NICE produced in 2003.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are aged over 16 years and about to have planned (also called 'elective') surgery.

It does not cover pregnant women, or people having:

  • emergency surgery

  • heart or lung surgery

  • neurosurgery (involving the brain or spinal cord).

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