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 acute 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 Obstetric and Gynaecological Anaesthesia and the University of Adelaide

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

Anaesthesia and your child

Drips - the facts

Day of Surgery Admissions

Information About Overnight Stay

Information About Day Surgery

On-line Museum

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


General Business 9am - 5pm Monday – Friday

Contact Information

Unit Head

Dr David Barker
Director, Paediatric Anaesthesia


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


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last modified: 24 Mar 2016