The Department of Anaesthesia at Oak Valley Health is made up of an interdisciplinary team, including 12 anaesthesiologists, who deliver safe, high quality, patient-centered care. This talented and dedicated group services eight operating rooms with 10,000 procedures per year, comprising ambulatory care and a wide range of subspecialty surgeries. The department also supports the obstetrics program and the Alongside Midwife Unit (AMU).
Outside of the operating room, members provide anaesthetic care for procedures such as endoscopy and pediatric endoscopy in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children. As well, the department features an active Acute Pain Service, which includes an Advanced Practice Nurse, to support safe and effective pain control in the hospital and during the transition back into the community.
Department members are dedicated to life-long learning and are enthusiastic teachers and mentors to medial students, residents, and allied health professionals. Many staff hold appointments with University of Toronto.
If you are coming for surgery, please also see the Your surgical care journey and Day of surgery pages, where you will find out important information such as how to prepare for surgery and what to do/where to go when you arrive.
Anaesthesiologists focus on the management of pain and provide this care for patients undergoing all types of surgeries. Anaesthesiologists provide consultative services for patients with specific health care needs pre- and postoperatively, including the diagnosis and treatment of both chronic and acute pain relief. As well, anaesthesiologists provide epidural analgesia for women during childbirth, assist with resuscitation in the Emergency Department and diagnostic imaging, treat critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit, and have a leadership role in the Acute Pain Service. Read more about the types of anaesthesia used in health care.
The Anaesthesiology Department reflects the requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Anaesthesiologists Society, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
The Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society has created a helpful frequently asked questions about anaesthesia, which you may wish to read.