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York Anaesthetic Service

The department of anaesthesia at York Hospital consists of 44 consultants, 5 specialty doctors and around 20 doctors training in our specialty.  Anaesthetists are qualified doctors who have trained for many years and are experts in looking after patients, both adults and children, around the time of operations, child birth, critical illness and conditions which cause acute and chronic pain.

We provide consultant lead anaesthetic services for care before, during and after your operation. We look after patients for both elective and emergency operations in our main theatres, day unit theatres and at Clifton Park Hospital Treatment Centre.

Before your operation you will usually attend a pre-assessment clinic appointment and be given information about your hospital stay, the likely type of anaesthetic needed for your operation and instructions about withholding food and drink on the day of your surgery.

Your anaesthetist will see you before your operation and discuss all aspects of your anaesthetic care with you. They will stay with you throughout your operation and make sure you are comfortable afterwards.  Anaesthetists also look after patients in our Critical Care Unit should you require extra support after your operation.

For your operation you may be offered:

Local anaesthesia

Just the area around the operation site is made numb and pain free.

Regional anaesthesia

This may include spinal or epidural anaesthesia or individual nerve blocks – The aim of this is to make one part of the body numb and pain free e.g. arm, leg(s), abdomen.

You can usually choose to have some sedation during these procedures to make you feel drowsy.

General anaesthesia

You will be fast asleep during your operation.

Information leaflets:

More information on different types of anaesthetics can be found at:

Contact Information

York Hospital Anaesthetic Office: 01904 725398 or 01904 725399

Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals

For more information on our anaesthetic services at Scarborough and Bridlington please follow this link.




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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.