Your Child’s Anaesthetic

Level 6C, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • Telephone: 01273 696955 extention 4307
  • Fax: 01273 609060
  • Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetists: Dr Kim Daborn, Dr Emma Lillie, Dr Paul Smith, Dr Duncan McDonald (Paediatric Anaesthetic Lead for imaging, resuscitation training & PICU), Dr James Keogh (Clinical Lead), Dr Bill Kavanagh (Clinical Lead for paediatric theatres, interest in paediatric day case surgery), Dr Kate Solan (Clinical Lead for the Paediatric Acute Pain Management team)

Your child may require a local or general anaesthetic for their operation and this will be given either within the operating theatres on Level 7 of the Alex, or within the MRI or CT suite of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
There are seven consultant anaesthetists at the Alex, with specialist training in neonatal and paediatric anaesthesia. All have comprehensive knowledge of caring for the emotional and psychological needs of children and young people.
The Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia provides a consultant led service for all neonates, babies, children and adolescents up to the age of 19 who require anaesthesia for a range of minor to major surgery.
The service provides 24-hour cover at the Alex. All emergency anaesthetic procedures are carried out by a paediatric consultant anaesthetist or by an experienced trainee under the supervision of a consultant.


Together with the Department of Paediatric Medicine, the paediatric anaesthetists are responsible for all children requiring high dependency care or intensive care. They are also closely involved with children requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation. All of the consultants are trained in advanced paediatric life support.

Acute Pain Management

All children who experience pain or who are at risk of experiencing pain are seen by one or more members of the acute pain management team, comprising a paediatric consultant anaesthetist and two senior paediatric nurses. Each patient’s condition is reviewed every weekday to ensure that the best available pain management is given. At weekends, pain management is overseen by a clinical fellow in anaesthesia, with support from the on-call consultant.

Paediatric day case surgery

Together with senior paediatric nursing staff, the consultant paediatric anaesthetists ensure that the Day Case Ward provides the highest standard of clinical care.

Education and Research

The department has an ongoing research programme and provides all core paediatric anaesthetic training for trainees in the Couth Coast School of Anaesthesia. Research includes starvation protocols before surgery for children, the use of information programmes to reduce parental anxiety, epidurals in children and the role of ultrasound in vascular access.

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