What is an Anaesthetist?

The anaesthetist is the doctor who will administer your anaesthetic.   After completing the medical course and basic hospital training, an anaesthetist spends many years undergoing specialist training, gaining knowledge and skills in the speciality of anaesthesia.

Your anaesthetist is a specialist just like other specialists you may have seen, such as your surgeon or physician, and works as part of a team looking after you.   While the surgeon is operating on one part of the body, the anaesthetist is looking after the rest of you.