What does an anaesthetist do?

Job title: Anaesthetist

Where you’ll meet them

Often the day before or the morning of your surgery, to assess your suitability for anaesthetic. You will also meet them in the theatre room, just before your operation, as they are in charge of putting you to sleep.

How you’ll recognise them

They’ll often be wearing “scrubs” or “theatre blues” even in consultations, as they might be called away to theatre. They will also introduce themselves to you.

What they’ll do

They provide general anaesthetic and pain relief drugs during surgery. They also look after patients in intensive care.


5 years medical degree, then 7-8 years specialist training.

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