Alder Hey in the Park | Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Show Menu

Anaesthesia, Pain Relief and Sedation

Download the new Painbusters guide for more info about identifying pain and how we treat itThe department is named after the pioneer of paediatric anaesthesia Dr Jackson Rees whose innovations were adopted by anaesthetists world wide.

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

Your comments and experiences

  • A kind, humorous and caring anaesthetist helped our son to approach surgery calmly.
    The whole team in surgical day care were superb with him.
    Many thanks

  • my daughter was treated for complex regional pain syndrome here. I had lost all hope when we met Jenny the pain nurse who helped us turn things around with the help of a fantastic pain team. thanks to you guys I have my little girl back and of course the ‘magic TENS machine, amazing service makes me proud to work for the NHS

  • Thank you to our anaesthetist on tuesday who was very kind and explained everything so well to my 14yr old who had to undergo facial surgery after a nasty fall a few weeks ago. so sorry I can’t remember your name (met so many people over the course of the two days) but a big thank you!

  • Thanks to the on call anaesthetist (female) and rest of the team last Sunday night (18th sept) for being just so great with our daughter and of course ourselves after she’d broken her arm and needed surgery. Sorry I didn’t get your name as it was all a blur. We’re home now with a new ‘mouse’ sylvanian family! Thanks, really appreciated your care.

  • Hi everyone! Strongly recommend this hospital. My son had recently a adenotonsillectomy. . We are really happy. Everything went very well..staff very good..informed of everything. .no complication.. thank you very much everyone who took care of our son xxx

  • What can I say! Thank you for your support and understanding. It’s not a nice experience for a parent to see a child in distress, but you patience and understanding helped us when Nathan needed his op. His learning difficulties made the whole procedure very difficult, your team helped us to stay calm and see what was possible, Thank you so much.

This site uses cookies to enhance your experience. Find out more about our cookies Accept cookies