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POPS service

Perioperative medicine for older people undergoing surgery

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Perioperative medicine for older people undergoing surgery (POPS) is an award winning geriatrician led service and the first of its kind in the UK. Established in 2003, it has rapidly expanded to become an essential part of both the elective and emergency surgical pathways at GSTT. It is recognised locally and nationally as being of high quality, innovative and clinically effective.

POPS operate a full geriatric assessment and optimisation-based preoperative clinic for patients undergoing elective surgery. Preoperatively we assess patients and treat any medical, functional, psychological and social issues, with the aim of reducing postoperative complications and making sure of a safe and effective discharge from the hospital. POPS are involved throughout the patient admission, working closely with the surgeon, anaesthetist and ward teams. For emergency patients, a similar assessment and optimisation approach is undertaken on surgical wards, with hands on medical care, rehabilitation goal setting and discharge planning delivered by the POPS team.

Our service

Our team includes specialist doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff.  Each member of the team can help in different ways and the support you receive will depend on your individual needs, for example: 

  • Our consultant or specialist nurse may perform a full medical and nursing assessment
  • Our occupational therapist can give advice on aids and strategies to maximise your independence
  • The POPS team can speak to social services on your behalf and give you advice on any benefits/grants that you may be entitled to, as well as information on relevant community and voluntary resources.



Tel: 020 7188 2092