Patient information leaflets and video resources

Patient information leaflets and video resources

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The patient information produced by the College is certified by the PIF Trusted Information Creator Kitemark accreditation scheme run by Patient Information Forum (PIF) for measuring the quality of health information.

The following is a series of leaflets that provide information about anaesthesia and what you might expect when having an anaesthetic. Each leaflet has detailed information on the most common types of procedures and operations, and the anaesthetic options.

The leaflets are developed by the RCoA Patient Information Group in collaboration with the Association of Anaesthetists, other specialist anaesthesia societies, and patient representatives and patient advocates. 

NOTE: The Your anaesthetic for a broken hip leaflet has now been archived. Please contact if you would like to see a copy.

On the Faculty of Intensive Care website you can find information, including videos, on the patient journey before, during and after admission to an Intensive Care Unit. 

The two videos below are produced by Health and Care Innovations, a partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

View more of their videos in the national Health and Care Video Library.

The following video is specifically for patients having nerve blocks and is produced by Regional Anaesthesia UK, the specialist society for regional anaesthesia.