Anaesthetics

Monash Children’s Hospital has a dedicated team of paediatric anaesthetists who care for children before, during and after surgery. We aim to help children go through surgery safely and to make sure they are comfortable after surgery.

Phone: (03) 8768 3283

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More than 8000 surgical operations are performed at Monash Children’s Hospital per year. 

Monash Children’s Hospital has a dedicated team of paediatric anaesthetists who care for children before, during and after surgery. Most are full time staff at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and all have had special training in children’s anaesthesia including the handling of newborns.

We care for extremely small premature babies up to children 18 years-of-age.

Our world-renowned Neonatal Intensive Care Unit supports infants who need special care in their early lives. Sometimes these sick infants require surgical interventions, during which they are cared for by our expert anaesthetic team.

Anaesthetic doctors realise the importance of peri-operative medicine – caring for patients before, during and after surgery. We aim to help children go through surgery safely and to make sure they are comfortable after surgery.

Effective pain relief and prevention of nausea and vomiting after surgery are important priorities. We have a 24-hour pain management service to care for children as required. We understand that hospital admission is often frightening and may be traumatic for a child. Our aim is to help minimise this and make the hospital stay as trouble-free as possible.

The paediatric anaesthetic team also plays important roles in

  • The provision of high quality pain relief after surgery
  • Placing special intravenous drips in children who need an extended period on intravenous medications

We provide paediatric anaesthesia services to Monash Health campuses including Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton, Dandenong and Casey Hospitals. We also provide extensive anaesthetic service and support outside the operating theatres to radiology, cardiology and endoscopy units and the Children’s Cancer Centre.

Monash Health has many specialties and facilities for adults and children. The expertise and facilities used in adult practice can help improve the care of children. Many trainee anaesthetists are based at Monash Health where they gain skills in caring for adults and children.

The Paediatric Anaesthetic Service is headed by Dr Richard Barnes who has been expertly providing anaesthetic services at Monash Health for more than 20 years. Dr Barnes graduated in medicine in Melbourne in 1982, was trained in anaesthesia in the United Kingdom and Australia and has had specialist paediatric anaesthesia training at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

We value your questions and comments. We can be contacted by calling our department’s office on: (03) 9594 3283.

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