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This systematic review examines the role pre-admission clinics (PACs) in the preparation of patients for surgery and whether there is an optimal skill-mix profile of nurses, doctors or professions allied to medicine (PAMs) for them. The stage pre-operatively which patients are assessed for admission is considered and the length of time patients can be expected to spend at PACs. The format of documentation offering optimal communication between PAC and ward/operating theatre is evaluated together with whether this alters repeat investigations ordered before surgery. Finally whether patients benefit from the information given at PACs and if this results in improved discharge-planning for the patient.