Anaesthesia and anaesthetics

What is anaesthesia?

Anaesthesia means the loss of sensation. When your child has a general anaesthetic he or she is given medication that puts him or her in a state of controlled unconsciousness. During the anaesthetic your child will be both asleep and free from any pain.

How do we help children?

The Department of Anaesthesia at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Shared Services at the Sydney Children’s Hospital provide a range of services including anaesthesia and sedation to babies and children undergoing:

  • planned and emergency surgery
  • difficult procedures, such as burns dressing changes
  • medical imaging, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT) and interventional radiology procedures
  • diagnostic procedures in cancer patients, such as lumbar puncture and bone marrow aspiration

 Other services include:

  • acute and chronic pain management service
  • consultation service for difficult peripheral and central venous access