The Department of Anaesthesia services six operating rooms of which one is designated for emergency procedures. All rooms are equipped with Ohmeda anaesthesia machines and Spacelab monitors. Anaesthetic technicians assist in the preparation of equipment and drugs for induction, maintenance and recovery from anaesthesia.
During 1999 the staff carried out 5843 general anaesthetic procedures and 164 procedures under block and local anaesthesia. In addition staff cover calls for code blue, plus anaesthesia or sedation for certain radiological investigations.