The Anaesthetic Department is the largest department at  Royal Hampshire County Hospital, providing its services to approximately 3 out of 4 patient journeys.

Not surprisingly our core activity is perioperative care, but significant time and activity is spent in Maternity, Intensive Care and providing a comprehensive Pain Medicine Service. In addition we run the Anaesthetic Pre-Assessment service which is our opportunity to assess the general health of patients before the day of operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common concerns

Preparing for your anaesthetic

Pre Assessment

Obstetrics anaesthetics

Intensive Care

Pain Medicine

My Operation

Anaesthetists are specialist doctors who look after patients having operations. They often have other specialist interests such as Obstetric Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine. At the Royal Hampshire County Hospital these services run 24/7.

All of these techniques can be used alone or in combination depending on the specific procedure. The decision as to which is best for your situation will be made by your anaesthetist after discussion with you.

Anaesthesia overview

  • General anaesthesia involves drugs which induce a deep sleep
  • Regional anaesthesia (epidural/spinal) involves injecting drugs around the spine to numb the legs and abdomen
  • Local anaesthesia involves injecting drugs into the skin to numb a small area.
  • Sedation involves drugs that produce sleepiness or a light sleep but stop short of general anaesthesia.




updated 18 April 2018