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What we do

Anaesthetists are highly qualified doctors responsible for the provision of anaesthesia for adults and children during operative, medical and diagnostic procedures.

We are involved in the care, resuscitation and transfer of critically ill patients within the hospital and to other centres.

We have close links with the pain service, providing both acute pain relief within the hospital and chronic pain management for palliative care, cancer services and longstanding conditions.

We provide anaesthesia and pain relief for mothers in labour.

Anaesthetists also have strong links and involvement in both adult and children’s intensive care units.

Prepare for your appointment

Please remember to:

  • adhere to recommended fasting times
  • be prepared to ask questions about your current and past medical and surgical history
  • take your normal prescribed medications as usual with the exception of those you have been specifically asked to avoid to allow surgery to go ahead


  • Royal Sussex County Hospital: 01273 696955 extn. 4307 or 4796
  • Princess Royal Hospital: 01444 441881 extn. 8237 or 8239

Patient information

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