An anaesthetic is a drug or agent that produces a complete or partial loss of feeling. There are three kinds of anaesthetic: general, regional and local. When a patient undergoes a general anaesthetic, they lose sensation and become unconscious. General anaesthetic may be given as an injection or as a gas. An anaesthetist will administer a general anaesthetic 1.

Anaesthetic services are provided at WDHS by one qualified specialist, three qualified GP anaesthetists and a registrar.  You may be required to see an anaesthetist prior to your surgery.  This will be discussed during your pre-admission appointment. See the Pre-Admission Clinic page for further information.


Better Health Channel, General Anaesthesia:

Referral: Referrals to an anaesthetist are made when you have been accepted for surgery.

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