Welcome to the Pre-Admission Assessment Unit (PAAU) Web Page


Pre-Admission Assessment Unit Mission Statement

We, as a Nurse–led Unit aim to deliver an efficient and effective pathway for our patients prior to surgery. We endeavour to engage in evidence-based practice to ensure quality and safe outcomes of care for our patients.

Department Profile

The Pre-Admission Unit (PAAU) provides a pre-assessment service to all elective orthopedic patients. All patients are provided with an appointment to attend the Unit or are pre-assessed over the telephone.

Patients having elective joint replacements are also seen by the Pharmacist, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist (patients having hip replacements only).   

Currently the PAAU provides a limited preassessment service to elective surgical patients. The service will expand to include all elective surgical patients in the future.

Services Provided 

The PAAU is for all patients >16 years undergoing general anaesthetic / regional anesthesia for day or inpatient surgery.


The PAAU is located on the second floor via the main hospital entrance. The most convenient way to get to the Unit is to take the lifts or stairs near the main reception to the second floor and follow the directions to the pre-admission assessment unit.


Clerical Staff

Jessica Downs           Telephone (021) 4926448

Brenda Murray               Telephone (021) 4926160


Orthopedic Nursing Staff

Clinical Nurse Manager 2            Mary Madden

Clinical Nurse Manager 2            Karen Mullane

Clinical Nurse Manager 2            Frances Tynan

Surgical Nursing Staff

Clinical Nurse Manager 2            Anne Noonan


Opening Hours

Monday –Friday 08.00 - 1700.


Additional Services Provided

Consultant Anaesthetic review clinic

Cross Match Clinic



  • Smoking Cessation advice given - smoking referral to Resource Officer provided
  • Diet and Exercise advice
  • Referral to the dietician/social work department /infection control officer
  • Information leaflets on planned orthopedic /surgical surgery and anaesthetic
  • Registration on the Irish National Orthopedic Register
Page last updated: 27/03/2018

South Infirmary

Victoria University Hospital

A teaching hospital

of University College Cork