Anaesthetic services (children)

What we do

At Chelsea and Westminster Hospital we provide a full range of anaesthetic support for newborns, infants and children, with specialists to carry out anaesthetic treatments as required at any time. We support a wide range of both elective (planned) and emergency operations, including surgery on premature and very young babies. We also provide anaesthesia for paediatric patients requiring surgical treatment for burns and for imaging treatments including CT, MRI and X-ray.

Our pain service for children is consultant-led and our anaesthetists work closely with the children’s preassessment unit to ensure that patients with complex medical needs are thoroughly assessed and prepared before their surgery. We also provide vital assistance to the children’s High Dependency Unit for children who need help with their breathing following surgery, and within A&E for the stabilisation of sick children. The pain service for children is also consultant-led.

Sharing our expertise and skills is important to us and, as such, we are one of the main teaching centres in London for training doctors who wish to extend their skills and competency in children’s anaesthesia.

Our team

We are eleven anaesthetic consultants with specialist expertise in children’s anaesthesia. We operate an on-call rota so that there is always a specialist available for children requiring an anaesthetic at any time of day or night. Our team is led by Dr Manisha Kulkarni, Lead Consultant for Paediatric Anaesthesia.


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

We work across the hospital as needed.

T: 020 3315 8026

Additional information

Children’s anaesthetists also support the children’s preassessment unit so children with complex medical needs are thoroughly assessed and prepared before their surgery takes place.

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