The Anaesthetist – by your side when it matters To mark World Anaesthesia Day today, Tuesday 16 October, the Patients Association and the Royal College of Anaesthetists have launched a new information booklet for patients. Anaesthetists are doctors specialising in keeping you safe and pain free at the most critical times. Two-thirds of hospital patients are cared for by an anaesthetist during their treatment, but many patients still do not understand clearly what anaesthetists do. Whether it’s a routine dental procedure or major surgery, anxiety about anaesthesia is still common. Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said: “Anaesthetists put patients at ease before an operation, monitor them closely throughout surgery, and ensure patients are pain free following the procedure. This booklet gives an insight into the people behind the hospital masks, and sheds light on their many years of specialist training.” Professor Ravi Mahajan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said: “This booklet is designed for patients to know where, when and how they might come into contact with an anaesthetist. Incredibly skilled – anaesthetists ensure that patients are always the focus of their attention - they are always by their side when it matters. We are leaders that are responsible for the delivery of the highest standard of care before, during and after an operation.” The Patients Association is proud to support The Anaesthetist booklet, and pleased to bring information about the doctors representing this unique specialty to the public’s attention. You can read the booklet here.