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Our anaesthetic team holds the prestigious Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) from the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). The ACSA accreditation is given to anaesthetics departments which have demonstrated high standards in patient care, patient safety and clinical leadership.

I have a question about anaesthetic services

What is an anaesthetic?

This type of anaesthetic is used during invasive operations. It causes a loss of sensation and will send you to sleep so that you don’t move or feel any pain during the procedure.

The anaesthetic is given via a drip into a vein, usually on the back of your hand, and takes about 30 seconds to work. Your Anaesthetist will be monitoring you during your operation to make sure that you’re comfortable and remain asleep. You may also be given a general anaesthetic using gas, which you breathe in through a mask.

Once your operation is over, you’ll be transferred to the recovery room where your Anaesthetist will slowly wake you up. Once you’re aware of your surroundings again, you’ll be transferred to your room.

Your Anaesthetist may need to carry out some tests to assess your suitability for general anaesthetic. This could include blood tests or an ECG.

Epidural – or spinal – anaesthetic (also known as regional anaesthetic)

Regional anaesthetics are offered as an alternative to a general anaesthetic for a wide variety of operations, including hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery. The anaesthetic is injected into a space in your lower back, numbing the nerves that supply the lower half of your body. You may be given a sedative as well, to make you drowsy and relaxed.

We’re among the first private hospitals in the UK to offer tailored individual anaesthetic and pain control for hip replacement surgery, thanks to local anaesthetic techniques such as a PENG Block. This means you’re less likely to need strong pain relief after your operation and you may be able to go home sooner – often the day after surgery.

Different types of drugs, as well as the quantity your Anaesthetist uses, will change the extent of the numbness you feel. Once the medication has worn off, feeling should return to the anaesthetised area.

Local anaesthetic

Local anaesthetics are used for relatively minor procedures and will numb a certain area to pain. They may be used alongside a sedative to relax you during your procedure but, unlike a general anaesthetic, you won’t go to sleep - so you’ll recover more quickly.

The anaesthetic can be given as an injection, or as a gel, spray or cream.

I’m worried about having an anaesthetic during my treatment

Before your surgery, we’ll carry out a series of checks to better understand your health needs. On the day of your procedure, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your anaesthetic with the Anaesthetist. Your surgeon will work closely with your Consultant Anaesthetist to plan your pain control during your operation.

If you’re worried about anaesthesia, you should let your Anaesthetist know. They’re on hand to answer any questions you have and can reassure you about what will happen before, during and after your procedure.

How much does an anaesthetic cost?

All Anaesthetist fees for your procedure are included in the fixed price of your treatment.

How do I book a consultation?

To request a quotation, or to book a consultation for self-pay treatments, please complete our online enquiry form or call our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.

Hip replacement surgery success story: Andy Chandler

We’re among the first private hospitals in the UK to offer tailored individual anaesthetic and pain control, thanks to local anaesthetic techniques such as a PENG Block at the end of surgery. This means you’re less likely to need strong pain relief after your operation and you may be able to go home sooner – often the day after surgery.

Our Consultant Anaesthetists

Dr Arnold

Tim Arnold

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Arnold has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Bahlool

Sinan Bahlool

Consultant Anaesthetist

Mr Bahlool's interests include anaesthesia for orthopaedic general surgery and ENT, perioperative assessment and medicine.

Dr Bate

Thomas Bate

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Bate has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Bennett

James Bennett

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Bennett has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Bhadresha

Raju Bhadresha

Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia

Dr Bhadresha's specialties include treating spinal pain, radiofrequency denervation and spinal cord stimulators.

Mr Bhaskaran

Naj Bhaskaran

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Bhaskaran's interests are perioperative medicine, ultrasound-guided local anaesthetic block, anaesthesia for high risk patients and bariatrics.

Dr Evans

James Evans

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Evans has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Featherstone

Barry Featherstone

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Featherstone's interests include teaching simulations, emergency anaesthesia, general surgery, gynaecology and orthopaedics.

Dr Fletcher

Marcus Fletcher

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Fletcher's specialties include perioperative medicine.

Dr Gould

Gez Gould

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Gould has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Hicks

Ian Hicks

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Hicks has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Hill

Simon Hill

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Hill has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Jones

Matt Jones

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Jones has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Lowe

Alastair Lowe

Consultant

Dr Lowe's interests include anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery, regional anaesthesia and critical care medicine.

Dr McNeillis

Nick McNeillis

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr McNeillis has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Murray

Kate Murray

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Murray has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Nenadic

Dragan Nenadic

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Nenadic's specialties are in vascular anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.

Dr Pandit

Debkumar Pandit

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Pandit has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Purday

Jonathan Purday

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Purday has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Reeve

Ian Reeve

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Reeve has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Richardson

Neil Richardson

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Richardson has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Rizkallah

Karim Rizkallah

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Rizkallah has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Sange

Aalia Sange

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Sange has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Scanlan

Chris Scanlan

Consultant in Anaesthesia

Dr Scanlan's interests include Perioperative medicine, Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing, Enhanced Recovery after surgery and Intensive care medicine.

Dr Sodhi

Harpreet Sodhi

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Sodhi has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Snazelle

Mark Snazelle

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Snazelle's interests include pre-assessment, intensive care, regional anaesthesia, Ultrasound and bariatric surgery.

Dr Trimmings

Alex Trimmings

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Trimmings' specialties include regional anaesthesia, pre-operative assessment and critical care medicine.

Dr Vondras

Petr Vondras

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Vondras has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.

Dr Walker

Simon Walker

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Walker's clinical expertise includes anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical specialties.

Dr Wiggins

Fraser Wiggins

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Wiggins has significant experience in providing anaesthesia for a range of surgical procedures.

Dr Michele Pennimpede

Michele Pennimpede

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Pennimpede provides general and local anaesthesia including sedations for all surgical specialties.

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