QVH has 23 consultant anaesthetists, five associate and trust grade specialists and eight senior anaesthetic trainees with responsibilities to patients before, during and after surgery. The team provide pre-operative assessment, anaesthesia, pain and critical care services in the Trust.

The department has pioneered and developed special expertise in dealing with patients with abnormal airways due to facial deformity, techniques to lower blood pressure and reduce bleeding during delicate surgery, and the use of ultrasound for the placement of regional local anaesthetics for the upper limb.

QVH is a specialist centre for hand trauma and elective surgery on the hand and upper limb. A large proportion of this surgery is carried out under regional anaesthesia alone, avoiding the need for general anaesthetic, providing excellent post-operative pain relief for these procedures.

QVH has a 5-bedded Critical Care Unit staffed by anaesthetic consultants and registrars, which specialises in the care of patients following major maxillofacial surgery.

Patient information leaflets and videos

The following leaflets provide information on the different types of anaesthetic you may receive. You will be advised in pre-assessment which type of anaesthetic is most appropriate for your surgery.

Further patient information is available from the Royal College of Anaesthetists

Page last updated: 20 May 2024.

Patient information leaflets