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The anaesthetic service is a 24-hour service provided to all surgical specialties.

It is provided by our critical care team, one of the largest in the Trust. The team works closely with other medical and surgical departments to deliver patient-centred care and their work ranges from assessment and preparation of patients for their operation, through delivering appropriate types of sleep and pain relief, to supervision of post-operative care in the recovery ward, high dependency unit or intensive care unit.

The multi-disciplinary anaesthesia team consists of consultants, supported by experienced specialty doctors, anaesthetic trainees and a team of skilled nurses. Whilst experts in their own clinical fields, the consultants and senior nurses are also actively engaged in teaching and training junior doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, paramedics and allied health care professionals both within and outside the Trust.

Amongst various other services, the team provide an acute pain service for patients in pain. The service sees patients who have either had surgery or who are referred for advice on acute pain management. We also see a large number of patients who have a complex history which may include chronic pain, opioid dependence, multiple hospital admissions and surgical interventions.

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