Northland DHB Anaesthesia
Whangarei Hospital Department of Anaesthesia
The Whangarei Hospital Anaesthetic Department is the largest department within the Surgical Service at NDHB (Northland District Health Board) and it provides a 24 hour, 7 days per week service to Whangarei Hospital and oversight to specialist anaesthetists employed at Kaitaia Hospital.
Core business: the provision of elective and acute anaesthesia services to the patients of Northland. Anaesthetists are involved with:
- anaesthesia within the operating theatres
- pre-anaesthetic assessment clinics
- acute and chronic pain services
- anaesthetic allergy clinic
- obstetric epidurals
- procedures in departments such as medicine, radiology, emergency care and PACU.
Anaesthetists also provide Intensive Care, HDU and retrieval services for the management and care of Northland patients.
The Department employs 15 specialist anaesthetists, 4 MOSS anaesthetists and up to 6 anaesthesia trainees (see below for more information about staff).
As an Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Training Institution, adherence to Australasian standards is reviewed by ANZCA on a regular basis. These standards cover all aspects of anaesthesia care, both clinical and non-clinical, e.g. equipment, support staff, teaching and training.
- Theresa Manning - Anaesthetic Department Coordinator
- Fiona Aitken - Anaesthetic Department Secretary
Allied professional staff:
- Anaesthesia technicians
- PACU staff
- Pain nurse specialists
- Pre-assessment nurse specialists
- Trainees in anaesthesia and ICU
- MOSS anaesthetists
Anaesthetist- Supervisor of Training ANZCA, Trauma lead
Anaesthetist - O&G Lead
Anaesthetist - QA - Peri-operative Medicine and Pre-assessment Clinic Lead
Anaesthetist - Supervisor of Training ANZCA, General Surgery, Plastic surgery
Anaesthetist / ICU Group
HOD ICU - Anaesthetist, Medical management
Anaesthetist - HOD Anaesthesia / Anaesthetist - Paediatric and Resuscitation Lead
Anaesthetist / ICU Group - Regional Anaesthesia, General Surgery Lead
Anaesthetist / ICU Group - Regional Anaesthesia / Orthopaedic Lead
Anaesthetist / ICU Group -
Anaesthetist - Urology Lead
Anaesthetist / ICU Group - Chronic Pain and Allergy Lead
Intensive Care and Anaesthesia / Pre assessment
Anaesthetist - Pre assessment clinic, Scholar Tutor ANZCA
Anaesthetist - Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology and Dental Lead
Procedures / Treatments
The word anaesthesia is coined from two Greek words: "an" meaning "without" and "aesthesis" meaning "sensation".… More
Types of Anaesthesia
This information is only a guide and should not replace information supplied by your anaesthetist.… More
Anaesthetic Pre-assessment Clinic Northland DHB
Most planned surgery will involve the services of the nurse led pre-assessment process.… More
Whangarei and Kaitaia Hospital Service
Within the Northland DHB
Your anaesthetic will be given to you by a specialist doctor called an anaesthetist.… More
Medication and Herbals
Follow the directions given by the pre-assessment clinic staff as they will develop a plan specifically for you.… More
Complications from Anaesthesia
What are the risks of anaesthesia?
While Australia and New Zealand are among the safest nations in the world in which to have anaesthesia, receiving multiple medications and altering normal human body function carries risks, some of which may be potentially life threatening.… More
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on this link for information http://www.anzca.edu.au/patients/frequently-asked-questions More
(09) 430 4101 ext 7701
(09) 430 4134
2 Hospital Road
2 Hospital Road
Private Bag 9742
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This page was last updated at 2:43PM on February 1, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Anaesthesia.