An anaesthetic is a special type of sleep, a bit like putting a computer into standby mode and then turning it on again as soon as everything is done.
It allows the surgeon to perform your operation whilst you are comfortable, settled and still.
The anaesthetic is given by a specialist doctor called an anaesthetist. They have trained as a doctor first and then done more specialist training in anaesthetics and intensive care, and for most of those who look after children they have also done further specialist training in children’s anaesthesia.
It is their job to make children sleepy and then stay with them whilst the surgery is being done, taking care of them every step of the way.
Meet the team
You will be cared for by one of our anaesthetic team. They may be accompanied by junior anaesthetic doctors and are assisted by our specialist team of anaesthetic nurses and operating department practitioners.