Information about Anaesthesia

This page contains information for patients and their relatives about anaesthesia. It also lists some information resources produced by other organisations/individuals which we think are helpful.

Information leaflets

A series of guides to help you prepare for your anaesthetic – developed jointly by the College and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). They give general guidance and discuss specific aspects of care.


Patient's section homepage

Information for teenagers, children and parents

Information for children of different ages and circumstances.


Children's section homepage

The Risks of Anaesthesia

Information about specific risks, concerns and complications of anaesthesia.  We have written a guide to Risks and Probability designed to be read in conjunction with this series.


Risks in Perspective


Leaflets prepared by individual anaesthetists that are now recognised by the College as useful for wider distribution
Information about anaesthetic choices in childbirth
The Patient Information section of the National Blood Transfusion Service
Used to collect information from both health professionals and the general public on suspected side effects
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