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Anaesthetics at Kent & Canterbury Hospital

Welcome to the Kent & Canterbury Anaesthetic Department. The department is a very friendly team with 12 consultants, 6 middle grade and 8 registrar-level doctors. There is a 1 in 8 rota covered by 3 trainees (ST4), 3 Trust Doctors/CT2+ and 1-2 medical training initiative doctors.

There are excellent training opportunities:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Regional vascular centre
  • Regional anaesthesia – dedicated upper limb lists 
  • High risk anaesthesia – consultant lead high-risk pre-assessment clinics  
  • Advanced airway management - lists available at alternate sites, including major head & neck oncology 
  • Major urology – Robot-assisted laparoscopic procedures 
You have a sense of identity, your opinion matters and you feel like part of a team.

Being a small department you are familiar with everyone and the best part is everyone calls you by name, which can easily be forgotten in larger departments! You have a sense of identity, your opinion matters and you feel like part of a team. There are excellent learning opportunities in Pain medicine, you see a lot of Urology and Vascular and are given the opportunity to develop your own techniques; everyone is supportive of your decisions.

You are the sole anaesthetist onsite whilst on call, covering the 6 bed critical care unit. Consultants are always available and happy to come in if the need arises for overnight emergency theatre cases.

Department meetings are relaxed and the protected teaching time is fun as well as informative! 

All of this lies within a backdrop of an ancient city full of places to explore, beautiful nature reserves within easy reach and a lively student atmosphere. 


Dr Shadi Pishbin ST4 & Dr Katy O’Rourke ST4, Kent & Canterbury Hospital

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Key contacts at Kent & Canterbury

Dr Nicki Somerville
Dr Nicki Somerville, 

Anaesthetics Site Lead, K&CH


Dawn Martindale
Dawn Martindale, 

Department Administrator K&CH