NovPod, a beginner’s guide to anaesthetics, Episode 3: Pre-assessment

We talk to Dr Layla Guscoth, an anaesthetist who has recently completed her novice period (as well as being an England netball star!), about pre-assessing patients and the pre-op visit. We discuss some of the challenges involved as well as key things not to miss and why we do pre-op visits in the first place.

The Novpod: a beginner's guide to anaesthetics is created, edited, and co-hosted by Dr Eoin Dore and Dr Duncan Kemp. We are two anaesthetic registrars on a mission to help our new anaesthetic colleagues get to know some of the new concepts you will come across in your novice period, hopefully helping to take away any anxiety around starting your time in anaesthetics.

The NovPod is hosted by Anaesthesia on Air, and created in association with the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Please note that all opinions expressed in the podcast are those of the individuals appearing on the podcast and do not necessarily reflect the views of the RCoA.

Novice guide, pre-assessment
Association of anaesthetists
BJA education
Youtube video - an example of how to assess an airway
RCoA risk resource
E-learning for healthcare: e-LA module 1: Introduction to clinical anaesthesia > 04 Preoperative Assessment and Management > 09 Preoperative assessment

Eoin Dore - co-Creator, Editor and Producer

Eoin graduated from UCL in 2014 and after completing foundation training in London began ACCS anaesthetics training in Birmingham, before starting his registrar training in Thames Valley in 2021. Now starting his ST5 year, he’s taken on a new role as Chief Registrar at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Duncan Kemp - Co-Creator and Producer

Duncan graduated from UCL in 2014. He trained in Northwest London and is currently an anaesthetic registrar in North Central London.

Dr Layla Guscoth - Preassessment guest and peer reviewer

Dr Layla Guscoth attended Oxford University, graduating in 2016. She completed her foundation training in the Severn deanery and is now undertaking her Core Anaesthetics training in South West London. 

Layla is also a professional netball player, having played for teams in both the UK and Australia as well as representing England at the international level since 2012.