Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Paediatric Anaesthesia

Paediatric Anaesthesia

The Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia (children's anaesthesia) provides:

  • anaesthetic services for all children's surgery at the WCH
  • an WCH page link iconacute pain management service
  • a 24 hour acute trauma service.

The only tertiary paediatric anaesthetic department in the state, the department provides advice and teaching on all aspects of paediatric anaesthesia to fellow anaesthetists, other medical practitioners, nurses and paramedical professionals. 

The department is closely allied with the WCH Department of WCH page link iconObstetric and Gynaecological Anaesthesia and the Link iconUniversity of Adelaide.

Many children who have surgery at the WCH will not need to stay in hospital overnight and will attend the WCH page link iconDay Surgery Unit. Children expected to remain in hospital overnight will attend the Hospital's
WCH page link iconDay of Surgery Admissions.

How to access the service

Most children are seen by an anaesthetist on the day of surgery. Your surgeon may suggest that your child see an anaesthetist prior to surgery. Your surgeon will then send the department a referral form, and an anaesthetist will contact you prior to surgery.

Information for Families

WCH page link icon'My Trip to Hospital' videos

WCH page link iconAnaesthesia and your child

WCH page link iconDrips - the facts

WCH page link iconDay of Surgery Admissions

WCH page link iconInformation About Overnight Stay

WCH page link iconInformation About Day Surgery

On-line Museum

We have anaesthesia equipment of historical interest, on display in our WCH page link iconon-line museum.


General Business 9am - 5pm Monday – Friday

Contact Information


3rd floor, Rieger Building

Mailing Address

Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia    5006


Ph (08) 8161 7231

After hours (08) 8161 7000 pager 3643 - Duty Anaesthetist

Fax (08) 8161 7020

WCH page link iconBack to Anaesthesia and Theatres

last modified: 10 Oct 2017