Anaesthetists

Anaesthetists are doctors with specialist training who:

  • Discuss types of anaesthesia with you and find out what you would like, helping you to make choices
  • Discuss the risks of anaesthesia with you
  • Agree a plan with you for your anaesthetic and pain control
  • Are responsible for giving your anaesthetic and for your wellbeing and safety throughout your surgery
  • Make your experience as calm and pain free as possible. 

Some Types of Anaesthetics

Local anaesthesia: involves injections, which numb a small part of your body. You stay conscious but free from pain.

Regional anaesthesia: involves injections, which numb a larger or deeper part of the body. You stay conscious but free from pain.

General anaesthesia: gives a state of controlled unconsciousness. It is essential for some operations. You are unconscious and feel nothing.