NT - Northern Territory Specialist Anaesthetist (MBBCh BSc FANZCA)
Dr Kathryn Mence is a Specialist Anaesthetist who will be working with your surgeon for your upcoming procedure.
About Dr Mence
As an Anaesthetist, Dr Kathryn Mence is a medical specialist who uses expert medical training to help you throughout your operation. Dr Mence is a UK trained doctor. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2011, she worked in London for 2 years before immigrating to Australia in 2013 and completing her specialist training with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. The majority of her training was completed in the Australian Capital Territory before moving to Darwin to complete her fellowship. Her special interests include mentoring and education of trainee Anaesthetists. She is passionate about providing the best possible care to her patients and you can be reassured you will be looked after to the highest standards.
What does an Anaesthetist do?
The role of the Anaesthetist is to keep you safe and comfortable before, during and after your surgical procedure. Anaesthesia is a critical component of your surgical journey. All Anaesthetists are trained to a very high standard to ensure safety and vigilance within the operating theatre. As well as the provision of anaesthesia, Anaesthetists are specialists in airway management, IV access, regional anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain management.
Safety and anaesthesia
There is no safer place in the world to undergo anaesthesia than Australia.
There are some common side effects of anaesthesia which include a sore throat, nausea and vomiting and occasionally some bruising from IV cannulation.
More serious complications include dental injury, allergic reactions, aspiration, awareness and heart and lung complications - fortunately these risks are extremely rare, if they are to occur you are in a very safe environment in the operating theatre with a highly skilled team. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to ask Dr Mence.
Preparing for your anaesthetic
To provide you with the safest anaesthetic possible, it is essential to have your full medical and surgical history. In order to assist with this, all patients are requested to complete the Pre-Op Questionnaire.
Fasting before your procedure is critical. You should fast for a minimum of 6 hours and not eat any heavy meals just prior to this. You can sip on clear fluids (water, black tea or coffee and clear/pulp-free juice) up to 2 hours before your procedure.
If you are having day surgery, you will need to arrange for transport home after the procedure as you won't be able to drive and you will need to ensure there is an adult available to stay with you in the same household overnight.
Anaesthesia fees are charged separately to hospital and surgical fees due to the specialist nature of this service. Depending on the way your procedure is being funded you may be charged an out of pocket payment for anaesthesia which will vary depending on the complexity and duration of your procedure. Dr Mence’s fees are significantly less than those suggested by the Australia Medical Association but appropriate to cover the expertise which goes in to your care. Dr Mence uses ProBills Australia for anaesthesia fees, they will contact you before your procedure with either an estimated cost or an invoice.
All feedback welcome
After your procedure Dr Mence would appreciate you taking just a few minutes to fill out the Patient Experience Survey. Your answers are completely anonymous and will help Dr Mence greatly in improving care for patients in the future.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of your anaesthetic or if you have any questions either prior to or after your operation, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Kathryn Mence .
Dr Kathryn Mence
Dr Kathryn Mence is an Anaesthetist based in NT - Northern Territory Australia.
Dr Kathryn Mence
NT - Northern Territory Anaesthetist
MBBCh BSc FANZCA
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