Authors and contributors

All RCoA patient information is written by invited authors. Unless specified, these are consultant anaesthetists with a special area of expertise working in hospitals throughout the UK. The leaflets are reviewed by members of the Patient Information Group which includes three lay representatives.

The RCoA Professional Standards Advisory Group then reviews and approves the final resource.

Several resources are jointly written and approved by both RCoA and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. Other specialist societies have also partnered as recorded below.

Main series

You and your anaesthetic
Clinical review 5th Edition 2020
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 
Original lead author 1st Edition 2003
Dr Alastair Lack, Council RCoA, Salisbury

Your spinal anaesthetic, in association with Regional Anaesthesia UK (RA-UK)
Clinical review 5th edition 2020
Dr Amit Pawa, RA-UK, London
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 
Original lead author 1st Edition 2003
Dr Barrie Fischer, Worcester

Anaesthesia Explained
Clinical review 2nd Edition 2021
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 
Original lead author 1st Edition 2015
Dr Lucy White, RCoA advisor for Patient Information, Southampton 

Epidural pain relief after surgery
Clinical review 5th Edition 2020
Professor Tim Cook, Bath
Dr Sean Tighe, Chester
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original lead author 1st Edition 2003
Dr Sean Tighe, Chester

Local anaesthesia for your eye operation, in association with the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Association (BOAS)
Clinical review 5th Edition 2020
Dr Jo Budd, Honorary secretary of BOAS, Hereford
Dr K-L Kong chairman of BOAS, Birmingham
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original lead author 1st Edition 2003
Dr Chandra Kumar, Middlesbrough

Your anaesthetic for major surgery with planned high dependency care afterwards
Clinical review 2nd Edition 2020
Dr Mike Ward Jones, Portsmouth
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original lead author 1st Edition 2014
Dr Mike Ward-Jones  Specialist Registrar  Southampton
Dr Laura Tomsett   Specialist Registrar Southampton
Dr Lucy White, Southampton

Nerve blocks for surgery on the shoulder, arm or hand, in association with Regional Anaesthesia UK (RA-UK)
Clinical review 2nd edition 2020
Dr Amit Pawa, RA-UK, London
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 

Original lead author 1st Edition 2015
Dr Harry Akerman, Southampton

Your anaesthetic for heart surgery, in association with Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia & Critical Care (ACTACC)
Authors 1st Edition 2018
Dr Matthew Bernard, Honorary Secretary ACTACC, London

Your airway and breathing during anaesthesia, in association with Difficult Airway Society (DAS)
Authors 1st Edition 2020

Dr Rebecca Reeves, Specialist Registrar Portsmouth
Dr Barry Mcguire, President DAS, Dundee
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 

Anaesthesia and your weight, in association with The Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia (SOBA)
Authors 1st Edition 2020
Dr John Cousins, Chairman SOBA, London
Dr Claire Nightingale, Vice Chairman SOBA, Aylesbury
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information , Southampton

Your anaesthetic for vascular surgery, in association with Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VASGBI)
Authors 1st Edition 2020
Dr Judith Gudgeon, Committee member VASGBI, Guildford
Dr Adam Pichel Chairman VASGBI, Manchester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 

Sedation Explained
Authors 1st Edition 2018
Dr Mary Newton, London
Dr Anna-Maria Rollin, Epsom
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton

Caring for someone who has had a general anaesthetic or sedation
Author 1st Edition 2018
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton

Having an operation with anaesthesia: An easy read booklet
Authors 1st Edition 2018

Ms Elena Fabbrani RCoA Patient Information Manager
Ms Mandie Kelly RCoA publications officer
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 

Fitter Better Sooner

Fitter Better Sooner Toolkit of animation and information leaflets
Lead authors 2018

Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA Patient Information Lead, Southampton
Dr Anne-Marie Bougeard, RCoA Perioperative Medicine Fellow
Dr Ellie Walker, NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) Research Fellow 2014–2017

With contributions from
Dr David Paynton, Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Clinical Lead for Commissioning
Mr Nick Markham, Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng) Council Member Professor Ramani Moonesinghe, Director, NIAA Health Services Research Centre
Ms Elena Fabbrani, RCoA Patient Information Manager

Risk Leaflets

Risk Infographic 
Original author 2019
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton

Feeling sick 
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017
Dr Ian Selby, Preston
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton

Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Ian Selby, Preston
 

Sore throat
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017
Dr Elizabeth Read, Specialist Registrar, Southampton
Dr Lucy White, Southampton
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Authors 1st Edition 2006
Dr Elizabeth Read, Specialist Registrar, Southampton
Dr Lucy White, Southampton

Shivering
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017

Dr Elizabeth Read, Specialist Registrar, Southampton
Dr Lucy White, Southampton
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Authors 1st Edition 2006
Dr Elizabeth Read, Specialist Registrar, Southampton
Dr Lucy White, Southampton

Damage to teeth, lips and tongue 
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017

Dr Karen Darragh, Edinburgh
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Authors 1st Edition 2006
Dr Karen Darragh, Edinburgh
Dr Tom Cripps, Melrose

Damage to the eye during general anaesthesia
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017

Dr Lucy White, Southampton
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Lucy White, Southampton

Postoperative chest infection
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017

Dr C Shevlin, Belfast
Dr M Duffy, Belfast
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr C Shevlin, Belfast
Dr M Duffy, Belfast

Becoming confused after an operation
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017
Dr Mario Cibelli, Birmingham
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Mario Cibelli, Birmingham

Accidental awareness during general anaesthesia 
Clinical review 5th Edition 2017

Professor Tim Cook, Clinical Lead for the NAP5 Project, Bath
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Professor Tim Cook, Clinical Lead for the NAP5 Project, Bath

Serious allergy during an anaesthetic (anaphylaxis)
Clinical review 5th Edition 2018

Professor Nigel Harper, Manchester
Professor Tim Cook, Bath
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Josie Brown, Leeds
Dr Ann Christys, Leeds

Headache after a spinal or epidural injection
Clinical review 2015
Professor Mike Wee, Poole
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2003
Professor Mike Wee, Poole

Advisors
Dr David Bogod, Nottingham
Dr Andrew Hartle, London

Nerve damage associated with an operation under general anaesthetic
Clinical review 2016

Dr Sean Tighe, Chester
Dr Ravinda Sandu, Chester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Sean Tighe, Chester
Dr Ravinda Sandu, Chester

 

 

Nerve damage associated with a spinal or epidural injection
Clinical review 2016
Dr Stephen Wiggans, Blackpool
Dr Justin Turner, Manchester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Stephen Wiggans, Blackpool
Dr Justin Turner, Manchester

Nerve damage associated with peripheral nerve block 
Clinical review 2016
Dr Rachel Hopper, Manchester
Dr Justin Turner, Manchester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Rachel Hopper, Manchester
Dr Justin Turner, Manchester

Equipment failure  
Clinical review 2016

Dr Anthony Chisakuta, Belfast  
Dr Peter Crean, Belfast
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Anthony Chisakuta, Belfast  
Dr Peter Crean, Belfast

Death or brain damage
Clinical review 2016

Dr Stuart White, Brighton
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Author 1st Edition 2006
Dr Stuart White, Brighton

Factsheets

Lymphoedema
Clinical review 2nd Edition 2021
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 
Author 1st Edition 2018
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 

Malignant Hyperthermia
Clinical review 2nd Edition 2021
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 
Author 1st Edition 2018
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 

Myotonic Dystrophy
Clinical review 2nd Edition 2021

Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 
Author 1st Edition 2018
Dr Rahul Mudannayake Specialist Registrar, Cambridge
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton

Suxamethonium Apnoea
Clinical review 2nd Edition 2021

Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 
Author 1st Edition 2018
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton 

                          Resources for children, young people and carers

The Anaesthesia Information for Children Project took more than 5 years in development led by Dr Josie Brown and Dr Judith Short. This involved extensive consultation and validation work. The team of play specialists helped with the consultations with hundreds of children prior to the initial design of the resources.

Your child’s general anaesthetic, in association with the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI).
Clinical review 6th Edition 2020
Dr Karen Bartholomew, Huddersfield
Dr Hannah Lonsdale, Sheffield
Dr Russell Perkins, Manchester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Dr Tim Meek Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, Middlesbrough
Original authors 1st Edition 2003
Dr Josie Brown, Leeds
Dr Judith Short, Sheffield
Dr Juliet Wolfe-Barry, Leeds
Amanda Lillywhite Illustrator

Rees Bear has an anaesthetic, in association with the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI).
Clinical review 3rd Edition 2020
Dr Karen Bartholomew, Huddersfield
Dr Hannah Lonsdale, Sheffield
Dr Russell Perkins, Manchester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Authors 1st Edition 2010
Dr Josie Brown, Leeds
Dr Judith Short, Sheffield
Dr Juliet Wolfe-Barry, Leeds
Amanda Lillywhite Illustrator

Davy the Detective, in association with the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI).
Clinical review 2nd Edition 2014
Dr Karen Bartholomew, Huddersfield
Dr Hannah Lonsdale, Sheffield
Dr Russell Perkins, Manchester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Authors 1st Edition 2010
Dr Josie Brown, Leeds
Dr Judith Short, Sheffield
Dr Juliet Wolfe-Barry, Leeds
Amanda Lillywhite Illustrator

General anaesthesia: a brief guide for young people, in association with the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI).
Clinical review 3rd Edition 2021

Dr Karen Bartholomew, Huddersfield
Dr Hannah Lonsdale, Sheffield
Dr Russell Perkins, Manchester
Dr Hilary Swales, RCoA lead for Patient Information, Southampton
Original Authors 1st Edition 2010
Dr Josie Brown, Leeds
Dr Judith Short, Sheffield
Dr Juliet Wolfe-Barry, Leeds
Amanda Lillywhite Illustrator