In this section
Anaesthesia and good pain management play a vital role in the
treatment and rehabilitation of patients at The Royal Children's
Hospital (RCH). Our specialist paediatric anaesthetists work in close
collaboration with other departments to provide exceptional patient
care. Patient safety is paramount. Our anaesthetists are involved in
the assessment of patients before their operation to select the
most appropriate anaesthetic technique for each patient. We
endeavour to keep all patients and their families well informed
about what they will experience before and after their surgery.
the operating theatre, our anaesthetists expertly monitor all
patients continuously using the most modern equipment
available. Our involvement extends into the postoperative period, providing
an around the clock pain
management service to ensure that all patients are kept as
comfortable as possible. We also provide services outside of the operating theatres
including a multidisciplinary chronic pain management clinic for
Our anaesthetists have published widely and are involved in research as well as
advisory and educational roles outside of the RCH. We strive to improve and continue the high standard of
care that has maintained our department's pioneering role in
Paediatric Anaesthesia and world class status.
Anaesthesia technologists provide highly skilled assistance to the anaesthetist and are an integral part of the Anaesthesia Team at the RCH. Anaesthesia technologists assist with the administration of general and regional anaesthesia to all our patient groups, including non surgical patients. Anaesthesia technologists prepare the anaesthetic environment and equipment required by anaesthetists for safe airway management, advanced invasive physiological monitoring, intravenous therapies and environmental temperature control and monitoring. They assist during resuscitation and emergency procedures. The anaesthesia technologist group also operate the Intraoperative Cell Salvage and Autotransfusion Service within the operating suite.