The department of anaesthetics provides anaesthetic services for a variety of surgical specialities, obstetrics, diagnostic procedures and some medical procedures. This includes providing a twenty-four hour emergency theatre service and a twenty-four hour obstetric anaesthesia service. The department supports the nurse provided pre-assessment service. There are several high risk pre-anaesthetic assessment clinics including a general clinic, obstetric clinic and paediatric clinic. There is also a dedicated bariatric anaesthesia clinic. The department provides an acute pain service for inpatients. Other services which come under the department are the Chronic Pain service and the Critical Care service.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.