MRS JOANNE BRATCHELL, RGN DipHE (Nursing), BSc(Hons) MSc

MRS JOANNE BRATCHELL, RGN DipHE (Nursing), BSc(Hons) MSc

educational support

E: Joanne.Bratchell@stgeorges.nhs.uk
T: 0208 725 1190



After first qualifying as a nurse in 1998, having previously been a police officer, Joanne worked as a cardiac nurse before moving into the realms of day surgery where she developed scrub, recovery and anaesthetic skills. A promotion took her to St Georges Hospital in 2001 where she was asked to develop the day surgery pre-op service. In 2004 she was given the task of leading  and developing  pre-op  for inpatients and has been in the role ever since, working closely with the anaesthetic department to develop protocols, policies  and guidelines  to ensure an evidence based, robust service for patients.  She jointly runs the high-risk anaesthetic clinic with her anaesthetic colleagues. 

Joanne completed her MSc in Advanced Practice last year, focussing on issues including pre-operative investigations and reducing fasting times for elective patients (a continuing challenge with all day operating lists!). She has a particular interest in improving pre-op assessment for patients with learning disabilities, making ad hoc appointments to fit in with their individual needs and requirements and carrying out home visits when appropriate.  

Surgery can be a terrifying prospect for many people and Joanne believes that if we get it right at the pre-op visit, we can manage expectations, allay some of the fears and myths around surgery and anaesthesia and make a real difference to the patient experience.