All about anaesthesia

What is anaesthesia?

Anaesthesia is given to patients so that surgery and other medical procedures can be carried out safely, and without pain.

The word anaesthesia means ‘loss of sensation’. People under anaesthetic will ‘lose’ feelings of pain and other sensations.  

Anaesthetists are specialist doctors who are responsible for providing anaesthesia to patients for operations and procedures.

In addition anaesthetists have a range of practice which extends beyond anaesthesia for surgery to include pain management and intensive care.

What we do

Anaesthesia is part of Rotorua and Taupō Hospital's Surgical and Elective Services arm.

This is a large team consisting of specialist anaesthetists, registrars and senior house officers, anaesthetic technicians, pain nurse practitioner and pain nurse specialist, manager and administration support.

The full scope of practice includes:

  • Anaesthesia for elective surgery in both Rotorua and Taupō
  • Anaesthesia for emergency surgery – 24hr service
  • Intensive Care Unit cover
  • Acute Pain Service
  • Obstetric Anaesthesia
  • Pre-Anaesthetic Assessment Clinics


Rotorua Hospital, Pukeroa St, Rotorua

Your appointment letter will tell you where to go.


Phone: 07 348 1199

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