Service overview - Anaesthetics

Doctors in our departments give anaesthetic for patient operations. They provide support and are responsible for the following:

Acute pain services (pain relief after an operation)
Chronic pain services (pain relief in long-term conditions such as arthritis)
Critical care services (pain relief for those who have had a serious accident or trauma)
Obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia (epidurals in childbirth and anaesthetic for Caesarean sections).

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Basildon Hospital - Anaesthetic service

Anaesthetists are highly trained, skilled doctors who provide a wide range of patient care. They play a central part in the management of sick patients both in the operating theatre and in other areas. Together with the other members of the Critical Care team, they are involved in:

Critical Care Units
Obstetrics
Accident and Emergency
Resuscitation
Major accident care
Pain management
Patient transfer between hospitals

The primary function is anaesthetising patients who need surgery. Consultants also have sub-specialty interests covering specialised anaesthesia for trauma, maternity, paediatrics, as well as critical care and pain management. The anaesthetic service is delivered across a wide range of settings including main theatres, the day surgery units at Orsett and Basildon hospitals, A&E, maternity and the imaging departments.


Contact

01268 524900 ext 3422

Broomfield Hospital - Anaesthetic service

The Anaesthetic Department provides planned elective general anaesthetic services for all the 20 theatres and emergency anaesthetic services for orthopaedics, plastics, burns, obstetrics and general emergencies.

We also have specialists who provide intensive care in the adult General Intensive Care Unit, Adult and Paediatric Burn Intensive Care in the St Andrew's Burns Unit, Pain Relief Medicine and Pre Assessment and optimisation for high risk patients. We also respond to acute emergencies or resuscitation across all the hospital.

There are a team of Consultant anaesthetists, Specialty Doctors and trainees within our teaching department.


Contact details

Anaesthetic Department Theatres

East Wing Level 3

Telephone: 01245 514080

Pain Relief Centre: 01245 514461

General Intensive Care: (E226) 01245 514305

Burns Intensive Care: (E220) 01245 516037

Pre Assessment General: (A301) 01245 515032

Pre Assessment Plastics: (E121) 01245 516013


Useful links

More about anaesthesia and patient information leaflets "About your Anaesthetic"

Royal college of Anaesthetists - www.rcoa.org

Association of Anaesthetists - www.aagbi.org

Southend Hospital - Anaesthetic service

Our anaesthetic team works closely with our critical care unit to provide pain relief to patients both before and after surgery.

Anaesthesia is used to make a patient unable to feel pain and works by blocking pain signals to the brain. There are several types of anaesthesia:

Local anaesthetic - used for minor procedures and tests to numb the nerves in the area where the procedure is taking place. You will be conscious during the procedure but you do not feel any pain.

Regional anaesthetic - used for larger or deeper operations where the nerves are harder to reach. Local anaesthetic is injected near the nerves in order to numb a larger area, but you remain conscious

Epidural anaesthetic - a regional anaesthetic used to numb the lower half of your body, which is often used for childbirth

Spinal anaesthesia - a regional anaesthetic that is used to numb your spinal nerves so that surgery can be carried out in this area

General anaesthetic - used for bigger operations when you need to be unconscious. The anaesthetic stops your brain recognising any signals from your nerves so you cannot feel anything 

Sedation - for painful or unpleasant procedures that are otherwise minor. Sedation makes you feel sleepy and relaxes you both physically and mentally

You may be given your anaesthetic in one of the following forms, depending on which type you are having:

ointment, spray, or drops that are rubbed onto your skin
an injection into a vein
a gas that you breathe in

Before your procedure your anaesthetist will discuss the most appropriate anaesthetic methods with you and will explain any risks or side effects. They will make sure that you are safe throughout your surgery and that you wake up comfortably afterwards. They may also help with any additional pain relief required after your procedure.