The RCoA and the Association of Anaesthetists - joint statement on winter pressures

There is considerable pressure on NHS systems across the whole of the UK which is likely to significantly impact anaesthetic departments over the coming months. There are a number of factors including patients requiring treatment for COVID-19 and the seasonal pressures that perennially affect services over the winter period.

In common with previous years, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists are offering the following guidance to support both individual anaesthetists in training and also our wider departments.

Anaesthesia is the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS. The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK.

Working with our members, we ensure the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.