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Southern Cross Brightside Hospital - Anaesthesia

Private Surgical Service, Anaesthesia

This is where you will come to have your surgery performed. The visits to your surgeon before and after surgery will be at their consulting rooms.


You are given an anaesthetic  when you have surgery so that you don’t feel pain during the operation.  There are different types of anaesthesia and the type you receive will depend on the type of surgery you are having and how long it will take.

Your anaesthetic will be given to you by a specialist doctor called an anaesthetist.


Southern Cross' Brightside Hospital is a modern private surgical hospital located in central Auckland.

Brightside Hospital was originally established on its Auckland site, in Epsom, in the 1940s and was completely rebuilt to modern, high tech specifications and re-opened in 2000.

Brightside offers a wide range of surgical services and postoperative care to around 4,500 patients each year. This four-theatre hospital provides 43 inpatient beds and 6 day stay chairs and has a staff of nearly 100.

With an established reputation for gynaecological, orthopaedic and urological services, Brightside was also the first private hospital in New Zealand to offer prostate brachytherapy, a new type of treatment for prostate cancer.  This specialist service employs advanced techniques and technologies for prostate implants, and the medical specialists operating at the hospital have helped Brightside to be involved in leading the way in urological treatment in New Zealand in some respects.

Plastic surgery, oral surgery and general surgery are also amongst the surgical services offered at Brightside Hospital.

Recent developments include the introduction of an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), opened in 2012 and providing a specialised postoperative ward for patients with medical conditions or surgical issues that require an enhanced level of monitoring and care.  The four-bed ward caters for patients who unexpectedly require some extra post-surgical care, or those with medical issues - such as heart or blood pressure conditions - that may have the potential to cause complications during or after surgery.

Procedures / Treatments

  • General Anaesthesia

    You are put into a state of unconsciousness either by the injection of an anaesthetic medication into a vein or by breathing in a mixture of gases.  You will be unaware of what is happening around you and you will feel no pain from the surgery.  You will be constantly‚Ķ More

  • Regional Anaesthesia

    An anaesthetic is  injected near the nerve pathways to the site of your surgery, so that area becomes numb.  You will be awake but will not feel pain from the surgery.  You may also receive a medication to make you feel relaxed and sleepy. More

  • Local Anaesthesia

    An anaesthetic is injected at the site of the surgery to cause numbness in the area.  You will be awake but will not feel pain from the surgery. More

Visiting Hours

  • Weekdays: 11:00 to 20:00
  • Weekends: 11:00 to 20:00


Free visitor parking is provided at the hospital.

Contact Details

3 Brightside Road
Auckland 1023

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Street Address

3 Brightside Road
Auckland 1023

Postal Address

PO Box 26064
Auckland 1344

This page was last updated at 2:28PM on July 6, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern Cross Brightside Hospital - Anaesthesia.