Anaesthetists are doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia, in the treatment of pain, in the care of very ill patients (intensive care), and in emergency care (resuscitation). They will make major decisions with you, although if you are unconscious or very ill, they will make decisions on your behalf.

Your anaesthetist is responsible for:

  • Your wellbeing and safety throughout your surgery
  • Agreeing a plan with you for your anaesthetic
  • Giving your anaesthetic and planning your pain control.

You will be treated by a consultant anaesthetist, or by another qualified anaesthetist or an anaesthetist in training.

The Department of Anaesthesia based at the Northern General Hospital provides a comprehensive anaesthetic service to the surgical specialities within the Trust these include a dedicated Acute Pain Team, Chronic Pain Services and Anaesthesia for ECT at a Psychiatric Hospital on the same site.

The team also work with the Resuscitation and High Dependency Unit services in collaboration with the General Intensive Care Unit Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Services and help individuals also undertake sessions for our sister hospitals within the Trust throughout Sheffield.

The Department based at the Royal Hallamshire provides an anaesthesia service to the surgical departments on the Central Campus, including the Weston Park Hospitals and the Jessop Wing, as well as providing epidural services.

As a teaching centre the department is also responsible for training junior doctors and as the lead unit coordinates the junior doctors training programmes across the north Trent hospitals

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