Anaesthetics

The Anaesthetic Department provides approximately 25,000 procedures each year for the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Services are provided across 15 operating theatres at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.  In addition to the provision of anaesthesia the directorate is responsible for acute and chronic pain services and critical care services on HDU and ITU at Victoria Hospital.  The directorate also provide a Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing service.

The directorate has a significant commitment to teaching of junior medical staff and offer the following training at FY1 and FY2 level:

FY1

  • Modules to be based in Theatres and the Critical Care Unit, but with no out of hours duty
  • Provide a junior doctor service to the Inpatient Preoperative Admissions Unit. This is primarily to ensure that routine medications are prescribed correctly for the inpatient admission. Occasionally it may also involve cannulation
  • Accompany a senior anaesthetist on an operating list and assist with preoperative assessment and management of postoperative fluids and analgesia
  • Day-to-day activities in Critical Care Unit and attend daily consultant ward round. Assist the medical team in assessing and admitting critically ill patients from the wards and other areas to critical care
  • Undergo competency training in areas such as airway management, intubation, venous cannulation, and recognition of the critically ill patient, the high risk surgical patient, basic management of cardio-respiratory failure and anaesthetic pre-assessment

FY2

  • modules will be based in Theatres and the Critical Care Unit
  • Participate in day to day activities in the Critical Care Unit and attend the daily consultant ward round. Assist the medical team with assessing and admitting critically ill patients to critical care
  • Undergo training in procedures such as arterial and central venous cannulation and bronchoscopy
  • Accompany a senior anaesthetist during the operating list and assist with procedures
  • Provide a junior doctor service to the Inpatient Preoperative Admissions Unit. This is primarily to ensure that routine medications are prescribed correctly for the inpatient admission. Occasionally it may also involve cannulation

FY1 and FY2

  • Observe the activities of the acute and chronic pain teams and attend at least 1 acute pain ward round
  • Attendance at Directorate teaching sessions
  • Attendance at Directorate Audit Meetings and journal club
  • Attend the local critical care tutorials
  • Be involved in our audit/QI projects
  • Attendance at the mandatory¬†Foundation Teaching Programme