Your anaesthetist will meet with you before your surgery. Most patients having minor procedures will see their anaesthetist in hospital on the day of their operation, often shortly before the scheduled time of the operation.
If your anaesthetist needs to perform a complete preoperative assessment they will contact you to arrange a time to meet which is convenient to you both. This may be in the hospital where you will be having your procedure, or in a separate consulting room. This is usually for more complicated operations, but also for patients with significant medical conditions or who have particular concerns about the operation or anaesthetic. Please bring your medications (including over-the-counter / herbal) as well as a health summary from your local doctor.
Your anaesthetist will discuss options for anaesthesia and pain relief, order tests or refer you to other specialists for an opinion if necessary, or may even advise not to proceed with surgery.
Children & Special Needs
You know your child best. If you wish to flag any behavioural issues, or concerns you have had with your child’s previous anaesthetics, please contact us. Your anaesthetist will either call you in the days leading up to the procedure or devise a plan with you and your child on the day of the procedure.