It’s really important to stay fit and well ahead of your surgery. There is lots of evidence to show that taking simple steps to improve your fitness, diet and mental health can help you make a better and quicker recovery. It also reduces the risk of you not being fit for your operation and it being cancelled.

There are important things you can do to stay well.

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat well and have keep to a healthy weight
  • Manage any other health issues
  • Reduce how much alcohol you drink
  • Keep active
  • Look after your mental health and wellbeing

We want to help you prepare for your operation. There is lots of support available if you want it. The main thing is helping you make positive changes that will last long after your operation.

You can find useful resources below. These can help you to improve your physical and mental health while you are waiting for your treatment.

We may also contact you to offer further support. This could be one to one or group sessions.

You can also visit This is an NHS website that lists average waiting times for different specialist areas. There is also health and wellbeing information you might find useful.

Helpful information

Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support -

Losing weight has many health benefits. Making small, simple changes to what and how much you are eat and drink can really help you lose the pounds - Lose weight - Better Health - NHS (

There has never been a better time to stop smoking. It’s better for your health. It also saves you money too - Quit smoking - Better Health - NHS (

It's the perfect time to get active. No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. Adults should aim to be active every day - Get active - Better Health - NHS (

Any reduction in the amount you drink every week will be beneficial. With the right help, it's easier than you think - Drink less - Better Health - NHS (