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Formerly St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Our Services A - Z - Anaesthesia and Pain Management

About the service

The department provides anaesthetic services for elective surgery in: General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Burns Surgery, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery and Gynaecology.

Anaesthetic services include the medical assessment of patients pre-operatively, providing anaesthesia during operations and managing surgical patients during the early post-operative period.

The Department of Anaesthesia also provides emergency anaesthetic cover for these surgical services on a 24-hour basis. There are regular operating lists for emergency general, orthopaedic, plastic and gynaecological surgery.

The department also provides a 24-hour epidural service for analgesia during labour, and a 24-hour anaesthetic service for obstetric emergencies including caesarean sections.

Additional functions of the department include the running of a consultant based Chronic Pain Service, an Acute Pain Service, support for the major trauma team and ad-hoc assistance to the critical care unit when requested.

Whiston Hospital

This site contains a modern central operating suite containing 12 well-equipped theatres, with two recovery areas at level 4. Two additional theatres for obstetrics are located in the central delivery suite at level 2 and one more in the paediatric outpatient department for community dental services at level 2.

St Helens Hospital

The operating department at St Helens Hospital consists of six operating theatre suites for day cases.


Page last updated on 25th May 2022

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