As with all areas of medicine, the safety and effectiveness of your treatment is paramount. Your anaesthetist will discuss the proposed treatment options with you before any procedures start. You will be encouraged to ask any questions, make informed choices and express any concerns.

Patient representatives have worked with the AAGBI, Royal College of Anaesthetists and Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland to produce patient information leaflets about anaesthesia. If you have further questions that are not answered in these information leaflets please contact the Honorary Secretary of the AAGBI

When a child is due to have an operation or test under general anaesthesia, families are likely to have many questions and concerns. In June 2011 the APA issued a useful document: Anaesthesia and the developing brain of babies and young children. Download a PDF here »

Information for children

Anaesthetic information for children

Leaflets have been specifically prepared for children and young people of different ages.

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Information for adults

The AAGBI and Royal College of Anaesthetists have produced an excellent series of information leaflets to answer your questions about anaesthesia.

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