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A theatre is where the surgeons perform an operations.

A surgeon is a senior doctor who performs operations.

Surgery means doing an operation.

This page gives you information about the work of the surgeons in our trust.

Who are we?

The department provides anaesthetic services for large university teaching hospital and tertiary referral centre including preoperative assessment, anaesthesia, critical care and pain relief.

We are a team of 67 consultants, 14 core trainees, 20 specialist trainees, and 2 physician’s assistants in anaesthesia, supported by a great team of nurses, health care assistants, operating department practitioners, and porters.

We maintain close links with the University of Liverpool and are committed to undergraduate and postgraduate training.

What we do

At the Royal Liverpool University Hospital site, there are twelve theatres providing breast and endocrine, emergency, urology, vascular, trauma, spinal, renal transplant and general surgical theatres. The region's major vascular surgical inpatient unit (Liverpool Vascular and Endovascular Services = LIVES), a large centre for complex endovascular surgery, is located at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. A new state-of-the art vascular hybrid theatre has opened in 2016. There are eight theatres on the Broadgreen Hospital site where elective orthopaedic, elective urology and day case general surgical procedures are performed in the diagnostic and treatment centre, opened summer 2006. Our urological surgeons use a DaVinci robot. We have established a strong partnership with the Liverpool Women’s Hospital; several consultant anaesthetists work between the two Trusts in close collaboration.

In addition, the anaesthetic department provides services to the Liverpool Dental Hospital for chair, day case and sedation sessions. The Ophthalmology Unit of St Paul's is a tertiary referral centre for vitreo-retinal surgery and ocular oncology, and is a separate 4-theatre complex within the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Increasingly, we also care for patients undergoing procedures in interventional radiology.

On this background we regularly treat complex high-risk surgical patients. We have implemented a robust system for preoperative assessment and risk stratification. Several consultant anaesthetists provide clinics for anaesthetic assessment. We contribute to decision-making at multidisciplinary team meetings and have developed a network across specialties to deliver integrated perioperative medicine. Our research portfolio reflects this with emphasis on outcome-orientated clinical studies.

We have substantial expertise in massive transfusion and intraoperative cell salvage, and we use point-of-care testing for haemostatic management. The department has a special interest in management of the difficult airway; fibreoptic intubation techniques are used on a regular basis. In line with that we organise and provide an annual regional airway management workshop for trainee anaesthetists. Regional anaesthesia plays a large role in our department and ultrasound-guided techniques are frequently used. We are a recognised centre for advanced training in regional anaesthesia.

    The team

Contact us

Anaesthetic office 0151 706 2430

Preoperative assessment 0151 706 1901

Pain team 0151 706 3190

Postoperative critical care unit 0151 706 2888

Where are we?

11th Floor

Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Prescot Street
L7 8XP