Anaesthetists provide anaesthetic care for patients before the operation (pre-operative), during the operation (intra-operative), and after the operation (post-operative). They are responsible for the patient’s health and wellbeing throughout the entire procedure. Anaesthetists manage unexpected complications that may occur and ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.
They also provide anaesthetic care for patients undergoing non-surgical procedures, such as special heart examinations or x-ray treatment, particularly if they are long, complex, or painful. Anaesthetists also have many roles outside of theatre; providing pain relief for women during labour and delivery, medical research, teaching, intensive care and medical retrieval services. Some anaesthetists are also involved with the treatment of chronic pain.