Pennine Acute Trust hosts anaesthetic talk

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Pennine Acute Trust hosts anaesthetic talk
01 May 2015

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting the public, staff and its members to a special ‘Anaesthetic’ talk at the Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary on Friday 15th May, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm.

The free event will give delegates the opportunity to find out more about anaesthetics and the services provided at the Trust.

The word ‘anaesthesia’ means ‘loss of sensation’ and anaesthesia is the branch of medicine covering anaesthetics for operations and procedures. The specialty has come a long way from chloroform and ether, with the first recorded anaesthetic being given in 1842.

Anaesthetists form the largest specialty group of doctors in NHS hospitals and are involved in 60% of hospital admissions. They provide care during operations and have a wide range of specialist practices. These include intensive care, pain management, maternity, resuscitation and emergency care. They also play a key role in education and training, hospital administration, research and audit.

The talk will be given by Joanne Humphreys, consultant anaesthetist at the Trust.

She said: “People often think of an anaesthetist as putting people to sleep for operations, but we work in many departments throughout the hospital and modern anaesthetics often involve people staying awake, but numb for procedures.   The anaesthetic department at Pennine Acute Trust is made up of over 100 doctors working together to provide safe anaesthesia for routine and emergency surgery. Many people will need an operation of some kind during their lives, and we use some of the most sophisticated equipment in medicine to look after our patients.”

Over 30,000 people will have an anaesthetic at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust each year.  Across the four hospital sites of The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals, and Rochdale Infirmary, we have 34 theatres and four dedicated maternity theatres, There are also 18 intensive care beds and 18 high dependency beds where critically ill patients are looked after and people who need specialist care before and after operations, all funded with a budget of £28 million.

Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT.   So far, more than 11,900 people have signed up to become FT members.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email