Advice Sheets

Anaesthetic Advice Sheets

Anaesthesia means ‘without sensation’. Anaesthesia is administered so that surgery can be carried out safely and without pain. An anaesthetist is a doctor who has specialized training in anaesthesia. All anaesthetists are trained to nationally agreed standards and the anaesthesia team is led by consultant anaesthetists.

Anaesthesia may be given in various ways:

  • Local or regional anaesthesia results in loss of sensation to a particular part of your body. You can be fully awake for surgery under a local or regional anaesthetic, or if you prefer, your anaesthetist may give you sedatives to make you feel drowsy.
  • General Anaesthesia ensures that you are unconscious and feel nothing. Local anaesthesia and general anaesthesia are frequently combined to provide pain relief after surgery.

The AAGBI and Royal College of Anaesthetists have produced an excellent series of information leaflets to answer your questions about anaesthesia.

Anaesthesia information leaflets for adults
Anaesthesia explained Download »
Brachial plexus block Download »
You and your anaesthetic Download »
Your spinal anaesthetic Download »
Anaesthetic choices for hip or knee replacement Download »
Epidurals for pain relief after surgery Download »
Headache after an epidural or spinal anaesthetic Download »
Local anaesthesia for your eye operation Download »
Your child’s general anaesthetic Download »
Your anaesthetic for a broken hip Download »


Anaesthesia information from other organisations
Anaesthesia for cardiac surgery Download »
Anaesthesia for Thoracic (Lung and chest wall) surgery Download »

Advice Sheets

Some hospitals will have localised advise sheets or information, see below

Southampton University Trust (SUHT)

List of Hospitals in Southampton

The following link provides details of advice and information categorised by department or speciality

Leeds Hospitals

There are a number of hospitals in the Leeds area… find out details at this link below

Great Western Hospital, Swindon (GWH)

North Hants Hospital, Basingstoke (NHH)

This is a list of specialities at NHH.  Click the one you need and many will have patient leaflets relating to their procedures

Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford (OUH)

This is a list of all patient leaflets at OUH (can be slow to load)

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading (RBH)

The Royal Berks Hospital (RBBH) have produced a lot of Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) on various surgical procedures.  Rather than reproducing them, please follow this link and scroll down to “Surgery”

Wexham Park Hospital, Slough (WPH)