Specialist anaesthesia

Our anaesthetic department also caters for specialist areas, such as:

Obstetric anaesthesia

There are eight obstetric consultant anaesthetists, responsible for  5700 deliveries per year. We have a two-bed HDU (High dependency unit), 15 delivery rooms on the labour ward with a low risk delivery unit and high-risk induction area.

We have a consultant anaesthetist dedicated to the labour ward from 8am – 6pm from Monday to Friday, and 24-hour dedicated anaesthetic trainee cover for obstetrics. We offer all standard anaesthetic techniques and are developing our use of cell-salvage and interventional radiology to manage complications.

We also provide consultant cover for elective caesarean section lists three times a week. We operate a high-risk obstetric clinic featuring women with GUCHD (Grown Up Congenital Heart Disease), respiratory and neurological conditions.

Cardiac anaesthesia

There are 11 consultants providing adult cardiac anaesthesia services, with six sub specialising in paediatric cardiac anaesthesia. We provide anaesthesia services for approximately 1500 operative cases per year, cardiac catheters,
cardiac MRI, cardiac electrophysiology and medical cover for the cardiac intensive care unit. Transoesophageal echo is used as routine both in theatres in the ICU.


There are nine neuroanaesthetists who provide anaesthesia for the whole range of elective and emergency neurosurgery and spinal surgery in adults and children.
An awake biopsy, and intracranial resection service has developed, with specialist expertise from anaesthesia to enable this.

Paediatric anaesthesia

There are 11 paediatric anaesthetists who anaesthetise for pre term, neonates, and older children. We also provide a separate dedicated out of hours cover for emergencies. We have a separate pain team for our paediatric patients.

Orthopaedic awake surgery and regional anaesthesia

Following investment in the latest ultrasound technology we are now performing fast acting effective local anaesthesia blocks on many patients having arm and leg surgery. This is enabling us to operate on some patients who are too high risk for general anaesthesia and we can discharge patients more quickly following surgery, with good levels of pain relief. Other subspecialties are, hepatobiliary and pancreatic, upper GI and oesophageal, thoracic, opthalmic, vascular, oromaxillofacial, and trauma anaesthesia.