The department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain
Management all deliver care to patients in the operating
theatre suites, maternity unit, critical care unit, emergency
department and interventional radiology.
Your anaesthetist will see you before your operation to discuss
your health and the options available to you. They may recommend
general anaesthetic or a regional technique. The department as a
whole is keen to employ regional anaesthetic techniques to improve
anaesthesia and reduce pain after surgery.
Critical Care Unit
A new Critical Care Unit will be opening at COCH in the spring
of 2014. Patients will be cared for by a specialist team of
doctors, nurses and physiotherapists in single rooms. The capacity
of the new unit is set to increase to accommodate the new South of
the Mersey Arterial Centre.
There are 3 consultants with a specialist interest in the
management of Chronic Pain, supported by an associate specialist.
They see patients in out-patient clinics and may recommend specific
procedures to ameliorate the painful symptoms.
When your surgeon has recommended an operation and you have
agreed to go ahead you will be asked to visit the pre-assessment
clinic. A nurse will check your medical history and check your home
support before deciding if you need to be admitted to hospital
overnight or your operation can be done as a day case. There
are information leaflets for you to take away and read
at home. Patients who are having a hip or knee replacement
will get an opportunity to talk to an anaesthetist at Joint School
before their operation.
Sometimes for major surgery you may be asked to revisit the
pre-assessment clinic to meet your anaesthetist and agree the most
suitable type of anaesthetic.
Permanent members of staff
Dr S Bricker, Dr N Campbell, Dr D Castillo, Dr L Cheater, Dr D
Childs, Dr E Forrest, Dr S Hill, Dr P Jameson, Dr A Logan, Dr P
Mullen, Dr R Nelson, Dr N Rajadurai, Dr S Ridler, Dr N Robin, Dr M
Skues, Dr S Tighe, Dr A Troy, Dr L Wilson, Dr E Young.
Dr F MacRae, Dr M Khan, Dr V Thirunavukkarasu
Dr M Duskova, Dr J Fanning, Dr A Jhamatt, Dr M Salit, Dr C
Trainee anaesthetists spend between 3 and 12 months at a time at
COCH, they are responsible to a consultant at all times.
8 Core Trainees and 8 Specialty Trainees