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Who we are

hospitalWe are a department of 20 consultants and between five and seven anaesthetists in training. Based at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the department provides general anaesthesia for children undergoing a wide variety of operations and procedures. 

We also provide pain relief for children on the ward, even those who have not had an operation. Sarah Parry (a nurse specialist in paediatric pain) runs the acute pain team which operates 24 hours a day. 

What is an anaesthetist? 

Anaesthetists are highly trained specialist doctors. After medical school, anaesthetists typically train for nine or more years before becoming consultants. All of the consultant anaesthetists at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children have received additional training in the care of children, including fellowship positions in major teaching hospitals around the world. 

The anaesthetist administers the medicines which make your child go to sleep. They will stay with your child throughout the operation to make sure that they are safe. They will continue to administer anaesthetic medicines as well as painkillers and any other medicines which your child requires.

Anaesthetic Department permanent staff

Dr Guy Bayley
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Richard Beringer
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Anthony Bradley
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Natasha Clark
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Alison Cloote
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Deborah Duce
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Beverly Guard
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Ian Jenkins
Consultant anaesthetist 

Dr Alastair Keith
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Gail Lawes
Consultant anaesthetist 

Dr Peter Murphy
Consultant anaesthetist 

Dr Tim Murphy
Consultant anaesthetist and Clinical Director for children's heart surgery

Dr Judith Nolan
Consultant anaesthetist 

Mrs Sarah Parry
Clinical nurse specialist, acute pain nurse specialist

Dr Annabel Pearson
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Rachel Pettifer
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Amelia Pickard
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Steven Sale
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Arivazhagan Sampath
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Philippa Seal
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Philip Segar
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Peter Stoddart
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Maria Tosca-Vargas
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Adrian Upex
consultant anaesthetist

Dr Caroline Wilson
Consultant anaesthetist

Dr Amber Young
Consultant anaesthetist