Anaesthetic, Theatres and Sterile Services


The Anaesthetic service is responsible for anaesthesia in operating theatres, the management of pain relief and the general care of patients before, during and after operations.

Pain Services:

Acute Pain Service:  Patients may experience acute pain after they have had an operation.  Anaesthetists, assisted by specialist pain nurses, will manage a patient’s acute pain.

Chronic Pain Service: Patients with chronic pain, such as back pain or musculoskeletal disorders, may be referred to a pain clinic which offers a number of treatments to assist with controlling pain.
There are Pain Clinics in:

  • Musgrave Park Hospital
  • Belfast City Hospital and
  • Mater Hospital. 


Operating theatres across the Belfast Trust provide elective services and 24 hour emergency services to all specialties.  Patients may be admitted to hospital for planned surgery as an inpatient, either the day before surgery or the day of surgery.  Patients may also have their surgery undertaken as a day case. 

The Sterile Services departments support the operating theatres by processing surgical instrumentation.

Pre-Op Assessment:

Pre-Operative assessment aims to assess each patient’s fitness for surgery and general anaesthetic.  This service is mostly delivered by nurses, however Consultant Anaesthetists may also provide expert advice.

Resuscitation Services:

Resuscitation officers are available in all Belfast hospitals to :

  • train staff in basic and advanced life support,
  • attend and offer staff advice during cardiac arrest and
  • audit resuscitation services undertaken within the Trust.