Surgeon – Frequently Asked Questions

We know that, from time to time, surgeons find that their regular anaesthetist simply isn’t available. Finding list cover, or a stand-in anaesthetist, can be very time-consuming.

How we can help?

As part of our service, we can find an anaesthetist for you. This saves you the time and effort of contacting multiple people, only to find that most of them are unavailable. It also allows you to concentrate your time where it is best spent – with patients.

How much does it cost?

Our anaesthetist-finding service is 100% free of charge. And as time is money, it’s a very cost-effective way of managing those unforeseen requirements.

Some advantages

Our service is designed to be entirely hassle-free. We do all the leg-work for you, finding fast and effective list cover. Our form is quick and easy to complete, and all you need to do once it’s submitted, is rest assured that we are doing everything possible to find cover for you.

What’s more…

Our site is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We know surgeons are busy people, and so we make sure our service is as convenient as possible for you to use.

Types of request

We have anaesthetists in most areas of Australia. We also have many who are happy to travel, to help you cover your list. Whether it’s regular list cover, ad hoc list cover, or even urgent list cover you need, we’re here to help.

Why use Anaesthetic Group?

Our primary aim is to ensure that patients receive optimum pre-op care from their anaesthetist. We do so to ensure that your surgery runs smoothly, without any surprises or unnecessary cancellations.

Our website is designed to facilitate efficient pre-op assessments, making sure anaesthetists are well prepared on the day of surgery.

Our membership contains both individual anaesthetists, and some anaesthetic groups. We can identify professionals who work regularly with your specialty, those who are accredited at a specific hospital, or even those who speak a certain language. Simply note your precise requirements on the request form, and we’ll do the rest.

How it works

  1. Once you’ve submitted your form on our website, we’ll get in touch with our anaesthetists.
  2. Once we’ve identified suitable individuals, we’ll get straight back to you with their details. If, in the meantime, we have any updates or questions, we’ll also be in touch.
  3. You’re then free to discuss the list and other details directly with the anaesthetist.

Other FAQs

We appreciate that this service is one-of-a-kind, so we’re happy to provide answers to some of our FAQs, below.

Is this for regular or ad-hoc lists?
Both. We can find you an anaesthetist for one-off list cover, or even for a regular list. 

Can you find me urgent cover, for tomorrow?
Yes. We can certainly try. However, it’s always best to give us as much notice as possible. That way, we can be sure to provide you with suitable cover, appropriate to your specific requirements.

How much notice do you need?
As much as possible. It’s much easier for us to secure our anaesthetists’ availability if we have a few days, or weeks, of notice. However, if your requirement is for tomorrow, or later this week, we should still be able to help you.

What locations do you cover?
All across Australia. Whilst our anaesthetists are mainly located in capital cities, we also have many members in rural areas, and ones who are willing to travel, to cover a list.

What happens if you can’t find an anaesthetist for me?
Sometimes, we are unable to find cover. This generally occurs when the request is submitted with less than 48 hours’ notice, or when the list is in an area where we don’t have many members. We do however have anaesthetists in each area that are willing to travel up to 3 hours for a list. We also have a database of non-members we can contact to help cover the list. We do our absolute best to find an anaesthetist to cover your list.

Can I select how to be notified?
Sure. You can select whether you’d like to hear from us via text, phone, or email. We’ll also keep you updated throughout our search. Please note that we may need to call you if we have any questions about the list. Please include a phone number on your request form.

Is it really free, for everyone?
Yes! This is a 100% free service for all involved. We offer this service as a complimentary feature, to benefit both surgeons, and our anaesthetist members.

Why does Anaesthetic Group offer this service?
Our founder is the wife of an anaesthetist, and the niece of a surgeon. As such, we understand that surgeons sometimes need to find an anaesthetist at unsociable hours. Therefore, we’re here for you 24 hours a day. This service also benefits our anaesthetist members – many are independently practicing anaesthetists, and don’t receive standard group messages for such requirements.

Why should I use your service, rather than a group, or another service?
We have members all across Australia. These include both group members, and independent anaesthetists. These independent anaesthetists wouldn’t otherwise receive the request notifications that a group would send out.

Who can use this service?
Surgeons, Surgeon’s staff, Hospitals and other proceduralists needing an Anaesthetist. We are also happy to help Anaesthetists who have suddenly come down ill or are unable to cover their own lists.

Are there any terms / conditions?
No, none. There is also absolutely no obligation to work with any of our anaesthetists, or to continue to use our service.

What if my question wasn’t covered?
No problem. Please click here to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.