Anaesthesia means ‘loss of sensation’. Medications that cause anaesthesia are called anaesthetics.

Anaesthetics are used during tests and surgical operations to induce sleep (general anaesthetic) or to ‘numb’ part of the body (local anaesthetic), which prevents pain and discomfort and enables a wide range of medical procedures to be performed.

Working across our hospitals, our anaesthetics team provides:

  • Anaesthesia services for all types of surgery
  • Intensive care for patients requiring specialist treatment
  • Anaesthesia services to our labour wards
  • An inpatient and chronic pain service
  • Support and training to the resuscitation service
  • Anaesthetic cover for emergencies and trauma.

Key staff

  • Dr Joan Desborough, clinical lead, Epsom Hospital
  • Dr Martin Gardner, clinical lead, St Helier Hospital
  • Dr David Male, medical lead


St Helier Hospital, B block, B2

Epsom Hospital: first floor

Contact details

St Helier Hospital 

Tel: 020 8296 2444

Epsom Hospital 

Tel: 01372 73 5270

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