Regional Anaesthesia at Royal Cornwall Hospital


The Royal Cornwall Hospital employs 50 consultant anaesthetists; of this group a specialist group of 10 consultants meet regularly to discuss and teach regional anaesthesia. We have well established departments of orthopaedics with hand and foot subspecialties, General surgery vascular surgery and ophthalmic surgery.
Ultrasound techniques are widely practiced with and without neurostimulation. Catheter techniques are occasionally used and are on the increase.
Other than clinical experience there are many opportunities to get involved in regional anaesthetic related projects. Not only learning from the regional anaesthetic group but help spreading the knowledge and skill throughout the hospital.
Further educational and service provision of the post includes;
  • Ultrasound training
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • A study guide to allow you to document and learn from chosen operating lists, websites and podcasts
  • A chance to make a patient education or other regional anaesthesia film.
  • 2.5 whole days of regional work
  • Half day a week approx for research/QI
  • Audit and QI projects available.
  • Presentations and teaching
  • Trust work and on call on a 1 in 8 rota
  • Departmental support for regional anaesthesia qualification (advice and support for European diploma)
  • The chance of 10 days dedicated regional anaesthesia in Africa (Kenya)
  • Group of regional experts and enthusiasts for help and guidance.
  • An educational supervisor from the group of experts.
  • Using SOWRA contacts to gain expertise
 
Cornwall is a great place to live with lots of outdoor activities to take part in.


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contact:
Dr Gary Matthews FRCP FRCA MBA
Specialty Director Anaesthesia
Royal Cornwall Hospital