Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Our aim at MFT is to provide excellence in clinical care by providing safe anaesthesia within a Consultant led service. We provide a 24 hour, 7 days a week Consultant-led service in our Emergency and Obstetric theatres and in our Acute and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units.
Anaesthesia is an acute speciality so our team of Consultants work across many departments in the hospital including the Operating theatres, Maternity, Intensive Care, A and E, on the Resuscitation team, Pre- Operative Assessment, Pain and Exercise Testing clinics.
What is Anaesthesia?
Anaesthesia is a loss of consciousness that is brought about by an injection of drugs into a vein or by breathing a gas that ensures that you will be asleep / unaware and pain free whilst your operation takes place. We can also provide regional anaesthesia where just part of your body can be made numb so that an operation can take place whilst you are awake or in combination with some sedation.
If you are due to have an operation at MFT you will be invited to attend a pre-op assessment clinic where you will meet one of our nursing team and be given more information about your anaesthetic. Sometimes you may be offered an appointment with one of our Consultant Anaesthetists prior to your day of surgery; this may include some further tests to assess your fitness for surgery. The Anaesthetist will always visit you on admission prior to your surgery to discuss your anaesthetic. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
The Royal College of Anaesthetist estimates that up to 75% of in patients will be cared for by an Anaesthetist at some point during their admission.
Further information for patients about your anaesthetic can be found below:
Our Anaesthetic department
The Anaesthetic department at MFT is the largest clinical department in the hospital consisting of 70 Consultants, 3 Trust grade doctors, 1 Associate Specialist and 35 Trainee anaesthetists providing services in 25 operating theatres. We are fully qualified Doctors, spending 5 years at Medical school, 2 years as a Foundation doctor, then at least 7 years as a trainee Anaesthetist before being eligible to apply for a Consultant post.
We are supported by a large team of Anaesthetic nurses and practitioners who assist us to carry out our job.
Which MFT services require Anaesthetic support?
- Burns and Plastic Surgery
- Breast Surgery
- Cardiac Surgery including Heart and Lung Transplants
- Children’s Surgery
- Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
- General Surgery
- Head and Neck Surgery
- Interventional Radiology and Cardiology
- Maxillo-facial Surgery
- Orthopaedics and Trauma
- Thoracic Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
We also care for patients in the Intensive Care Units.
Training and Education
We consider training and education to be very important at MFT and we have an excellent team of trainers. A number of our Consultants are examiners at The Royal College of Anaesthetists and we actively partake in a continuing education programme by organising meetings and courses to facilitate this. Our trainees in Anaesthesia come from the North West School of Anaesthesia and they always work under the supervision of a Consultant Anaesthetist. We also train junior doctors from other base specialities who rotate to us.