What is an Anaesthetist?
An anaesthetist is a doctor who has further specialised in anaesthesia after finishing a university medical degree. Your anaesthetist, like any specialist surgeon or physician, completed at least six years of specialist training and examinations since graduation as a medical practitioner. During this extensive training they have studied pain management, resuscitation, Intensive/Critical care as well as other specialist areas such as obstetrics and paediatrics.
Your anaesthetist is responsible for your safety and care during surgery and recovery from the operation. The anaesthetist will stay with you for the duration of the operation, making sure that you are anaesthetised and will constantly monitor vital functions such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. Another important role is to give pain relief so that when you wake up you will be comfortable.