Dr Malcolm Albany
I am a safe anaesthetist, enthusiastic father of three, competitive board game tragic and unaccomplished golfer.
My practice is split between the public and private sectors and regularly includes anaesthesia for orthopaedic, obstetric, and emergency surgery amongst others. My public work is at Concord Hospital, where I completed by specialist training, and Manly Hospital, where I am the Director of Anaesthesia. I take an active role in patient safety and advocacy as part of my role as a critical incident and review committee member.
I am actively involved in training registrars and other anaesthetists. My key area of interest and focus for teaching is ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia. The ability to provide better pain relief whilst minimising the need for excessive opiates has been a tremendous leap forward in recent years.
I look forward to being involved in your care.
Why do you need someone like me?
As an Anaesthetist, I am a medical specialist who helps you through your operation. I have spent 16+ years studying and training to look after you before, during and after your operation. I am an Australian doctor who is officially recognised as a consultant in the specialty of anaesthesia.
What do you need to do?
Every person is different. Pre-operative assessment is very important in order to give you the safest anaesthetic possible. This is why I require you to complete the Pre-Op Health Questionnaire. I need to understand your complete medical history to choose the best anaesthetic medicine and technique for you which may involve general anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia or a combination of the two. Unfortunately, if I don’t receive your completed questionnaire beforehand your procedure may have to be cancelled. Please complete this pre-op health questionnaire as soon as possible.
Fasting prior to your procedure
Fasting is very important prior to your anaesthetic to keep you safe from aspirating stomach contents into your lungs by ensuring your stomach is empty. Please note that during the fasting period nothing is to enter your mouth - not chewing gum, nor lollies (eg. 'mints') or anything else. The only exception to this is small amounts of water to assist with taking tablets. The hospital will let you know what time you need to fast from. More details on fasting and why anaesthetists worry about aspiration can be found in my FAQ document (link).
What are the risks?
Australia is the safest country in the world to undergo an anaesthetic. Nonetheless, every anaesthetic involves some risk. There are minor complications that do not affect long-term quality of life but can be unpleasant, and there are major complications that occur very rarely but do impact on a patient’s long-term functional capacity and quality of life. More details are available in my FAQ document (link). I will discuss the relevant risks with you when we talk, and I would encourage you to ask me any specific questions that you may have.
What are the fees?
The fee for your anaesthetic is primarily dependent on the procedure, your state of health and the time spent under my care. There will be an out-of-pocket expense, otherwise known as the gap, and this will depend on your health insurance. For uninsured patients the anaesthetic fee is normally paid in full prior to your admission. Otherwise you will receive an invoice from my rooms. My rooms will email you with a quotation 24-48 hours prior to surgery. If you would like earlier notification please indicate this in the pre op questionnaire and I will endeavour to make this happen.
All feedback welcome
Once you have recovered from your admission to hospital, I would appreciate you taking just a few minutes to complete my Patient Experience Survey. Your answers are completely anonymous and will help me greatly in improving the way I care for patients in the future.
I look forward to providing you with a high level of personalised anaesthesia care. For further information and billing information please follow this link, or feel free to contact me directly.
Dr Malcolm Albany
Dr Malcolm Albany
Dr Malcolm Albany is an Anaesthetist based in NSW - Sydney Australia.