Anaesthesia, Pain Relief and Sedation
There are 25 Consultant Anaesthetists, four Fellows, and 11-13 Specialist Registrars who the department, and we work closely with the Pain Relief and Sedation Team.
We provide anaesthesia and pain relief for children and young people from birth to adolescence. All surgical specialties (except transplant) and many radiology interventions are catered for. Approximately 18,000 anaesthetic procedures are carried out per year.
The team of pain nurse specialists work from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday. They help children recovering from surgery, trauma or acute medical conditions as well as the management of sedation withdrawal following prolonged admission to intensive care. They also provide a pain and sedation management service for children undergoing painful/fear-provoking interventions.
The on call anaesthetic team covers the Pain Service out of office hours.
Painbusters! Our new guide to pain relief
It’s important for us to be able to help children manage any pain or discomfort after their procedure and we encourage children to tell us if they don’t feel well when they wake up. As part of preparing your child for an operation, why not download and read Painbusters”, a new cartoon guide designed for the whole family. You’ll find out more about:
- Some of the words and phrases you might hear us use at the hospital
- The importance of letting us know if your child is feeling pain
- The way we measure pain, and how you can measure pain too
- The types of pain relief medicine we use at Alder Hey, and how we give it to your child