What happens when I come in?

You'll meet your anaesthetist before your operation. This might be in a pre-assessment clinic before coming into hospital, or it might be on the day before or morning of your surgery (depending on when you're admitted).

Your anaesthetist will discuss the techniques that will be used for your anaesthesia and pain-relief with you. They'll explain what you can expect in theatre, recovery and back on the ward after surgery. The risks and benefits of all procedures will be discussed, and you'll have the chance to ask any questions that you may have.

Depending on the nature of your surgery, you may spend some time in intensive care or in high dependency.