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Anaesthetics

Minimising the discomfort of painful procedures

Anaesthetics, or anaesthesia, helps our surgeons to carry out procedures with minimum discomfort for patients

Overview

Anaesthetics, also called anaesthesia, is a medical specialty dedicated to the removal of pain and sensation during surgical or invasive procedures. There are different types of anaesthetic and it's suitable for children and adults. Your anaesthetist and consultant will discuss which one is the most appropriate to your procedure. It's considered to be one of the safest areas of healthcare yet it's important to have a thorough assessment beforehand. General anaesthetic is usually given for major operations. It induces a state of controlled unconsciousness (a bit like being asleep) so you shouldn't feel pain. Local or regional anaesthetics are usually given for minor procedures. They involve injecting anaesthetic to numb the area of the body being operated on. You shouldn't feel pain but you may feel pressure and movement. Nerve blocks and epidurals are examples of regional anaesthetics.

Expertise

If you're having general anaesthetic, our consultant anaesthetists and paediatric anaesthetists will assess you beforehand and monitor you throughout.

  • Epidural for pain management

    Need to know

    During an epidural, an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as cortisone, is injected near the nerve roots that are causing pain. It can give you very effective relief during periods of acute pain as part of a comprehensive programme which includes stretching and strengthening exercises.

  • Labour pain relief epidural

    Need to know

    An epidural is commonly used to give pain relief during childbirth. It is a type of local anaesthetic which is injected into your spine to numb the nerves in your womb and cervix that send pain signals to your brain. It can help during a long, complicated or especially painful labour.

Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

Our experienced consultant anaesthetists specialise in keeping you as comfortable as possible during routine procedures as well as complex surgery. 

Our facilities

All our facilities offer general anaesthetic for major procedures and local anaesthetic for minor procedures.

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    31 Old Broad Street

    31 Old Broad Street

    London

    EC2N 1HT

    Call 020 7496 3522
    Opening times 8am - 4pm, we will also be offering evening consultations available days are subject to change

  • Docklands facility

    HCA UK at Docklands

    2 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf

    London

    E14 5EE

    Opening times 9am - 5pm

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

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    The Christie Private Care

    The Christie Private Care

    Wilmslow Road

    Manchester M20 4BX

    Enquiries 0161 918 7296
    Reception 0161 918 7538

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 7935 7700

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Entrance

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • The Wilmslow Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Call 01625 545 036

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
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