Patient information resources
Patient leaflets and video resources
Read or view our patient-focused resources, including a series of leaflets to help you prepare for your anaesthetic. Each resource has detailed information for different types of operation or procedure.
Read our frequently asked questions from patients and carers including a list of issues you may wish to discuss with your anaesthetist or nurse.
Preparing for surgery – Fitter Better Sooner
Having surgery? Our Fitter Better Sooner toolkit will help you prepare for surgery and share all the important steps you can take to improve your health and speed up your recovery.
This information explains in detail what will happen from the beginning to the end of your anaesthetic. It explains how the team at the hospital will prepare you for an anaesthetic and then care for you, as you have your operation and afterwards.
Anaesthesia and risk
If you are in good health, modern anaesthetics are very safe. All procedures though have some risks. Our risk resources are designed to look at the main risks of anaesthesia.
Children, parents and carers
Information for children or their parents or carers to read. Children and young people helped to write our resources and they show you what to expect when you have an anaesthetic and what choices there may be.
This section explains what sedation is, how it works and when you may need it. It also explains the benefits and risks of using sedation, what it might feel like and also how to look after someone who has had sedation or anaesthesia.
Read our factsheets which have been developed to provide information on a wide range of anaesthetic related topics.
Easy Read and accessible resources
The Patient Information Group strives to ensure the College’s patient resources are accessible to a variety of individuals with additional needs. Read our Easy Read booklet for patients and their carers here.
A to Z of medical terms (glossary)
Read our glossary which explains words or medical terms you may hear or read in information about anaesthesia.
External patient resources
Information from external organisations which has not been produced or written by the College but which we think you may find helpful.
Feedback on our patient resources
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