Anaesthetics

Please click the links below for information on Anaesthetics:

 

What is it?

Where do we offer this service?

When do we offer this service?

Who should you contact?

Patient information leaflet

Further advice and information

 

What is it?

An anaesthetic is a carefully controlled process, usually used when you have an operation, where you will be either in a state of unconsciousness, or have a part of your body, such as your arm or leg, numbed to feel no sensation (including pain). It can be given in various ways, including:

 

  • Local anaesthetic – this involves injections which numb a small part of your body. You stay conscious but free from pain
  • Regional anaesthetic – this involves injections, which numb a larger or deeper part of the body. You stay conscious but free from pain
  • General anaesthetic – this gives a state of controlled unconsciousness and is essential for some operations.

 

Anaesthetists are Doctors with specialist training who:

 

  • Discuss types of anaesthetics with you, find out what you would like and help you to make choices
  • Discuss the possible risks of anaesthetics with you
  • Agree a plan with you for your anaesthetic and pain control
  • Are responsible for giving you your anaesthetic and for your well-being and safety throughout your surgery
  • Make your experience as pleasant and pain-free as possible
  • Manage any blood transfusions that you may need (not all patients will need this)
  • Plan your care, if needed, in the Intensive Care Unit (not all patients will need this).

 

Where do we offer this service?

We offer Anaesthetics services at all three of our hospitals.

 

Chronic Pain (CP) and Acute Pain services, for patients with complex and cancer-related pain, are part of Anaesthetics services and are provided by Anaesthetists. Our Chronic Pain services are located at Dewsbury and District Hospital and Pontefract Hospital.

 

When do we offer this service?

An anaesthetic is given whenever you have surgery, which can be at any time of the day. For some types of anaesthetic (such as a general anaesthetic) it is important that you follow the guidance to prepare for it, such as not eating or drinking from a specific time. We will soon be adding a leaflet called ‘You and your anaesthetic’, which will give you more information.

 

Chronic Pain services are provided Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

 

Who should you contact?

To contact the Anaesthetic department please call:

 

Dewsbury and District Hospital  

Tel: 01924 814238.

 

Pinderfields Hospital or Pontefract Hospital

Tel: 01924 542455.

 

Patient information leaflet

 You and your anaesthetic.pdf 277KB

 

Further advice and information

Royal College of Anaesthetists www.rcoa.ac.uk