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Whangarei Hospital Department of Anaesthesia

The Whangarei Hospital Anaesthetic Department is the largest department within the Surgical Service at NDHB (Northland District Health Board) and it provides a 24 hour, 7 days per week service to Whangarei Hospital and oversight to specialist anaesthetists employed at Kaitaia Hospital.

Core business: the provision of elective and acute anaesthesia services to the patients of Northland. Anaesthetists are involved with:  

  • anaesthesia within the operating theatres
  • pre-anaesthetic assessment clinics
  • acute and chronic pain services
  • anaesthetic allergy clinic
  • obstetric epidurals 
  • procedures in departments such as medicine, radiology, emergency care and PACU.

Anaesthetists also provide Intensive Care, HDU and retrieval services for the management and care of Northland patients.

The Department employs 15 specialist anaesthetists, 4 MOSS anaesthetists and up to 6 anaesthesia trainees (see below for more information about staff). 

As an Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Training Institution, adherence to Australasian standards is reviewed by ANZCA on a regular basis. These standards cover all aspects of anaesthesia care, both clinical and non-clinical, e.g. equipment, support staff, teaching and training.


Administration staff:

  • Theresa Manning - Anaesthetic Department Coordinator
  • Fiona Aiken - Anaesthetic Department Secretary

Allied professional staff:

  • Anaesthesia technicians 
  • PACU staff 
  • Pain nurse specialists 
  • Pre-assessment nurse specialists

Medical staff:

  • Trainees in anaesthesia and ICU
  • MOSS anaesthetists
  • Consultants


Procedures / Treatments

  • Anaesthetic Services

    About anaesthesia
    The word anaesthesia is coined from two Greek words: "an" meaning "without" and "aesthesis" meaning "sensation".… More

  • Types of Anaesthesia

    This information is only a guide and should not replace information supplied by your anaesthetist.… More

  • Anaesthetic Pre-assessment Clinic Northland DHB

    Pre-operative assessment
    Most planned surgery will involve the services of the nurse led pre-assessment process.… More PDF

  • Whangarei and Kaitaia Hospital Service

    Within the Northland DHB
    Your anaesthetic will be given to you by a specialist doctor called an anaesthetist.… More

  • Medication and Herbals

    Follow the directions given by the pre-assessment clinic staff as they will develop a plan specifically for you.… More

  • Complications from Anaesthesia

    What are the risks of anaesthesia?

    While Australia and New Zealand are among the safest nations in the world in which to have anaesthesia, receiving multiple medications and altering normal human body function carries risks, some of which may be potentially life threatening.… More

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Click on this link for information More


Information for patients pertaining to anaesthesia can be found on the following websites:

New Zealand Society of Anaesthesia (NZSA)

The Australasian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)

Contact Details

Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road

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Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road

Postal Address

Whangarei Hospital
Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 1:04PM on May 24, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Anaesthesia.