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Anaesthetists provide a wide range of medical services and are an integral part of multidisciplinary teams providing healthcare to patients. Anaesthetists administer anaesthesia that block the sensation of pain for patients undergoing surgery and related procedures. Anaesthetists play an important role in caring for the patient before, during and after surgery. They carefully assess a patient’s requirements, administer anaesthesia, monitor a patient’s vital signs during surgery and care for any patients who may have an adverse reaction to the anaesthesia.
Anaesthetists work in hospitals, day surgeries and at universities, conducting most of their work in operating theatres. Specialising as an Anaesthetist requires completion of a degree in medicine, as well as seven years in postgraduate training which includes two years of work experience in an approved setting and five years in specialist anaesthesia training.