Meet the Team

"The theatre team consists of perioperative practitioners who have complementary skills within their theatre disciplines and have commitment to operating room performance goals, and the delivery of quality care to their perioperative patients."

In short, these are the people who will be looking after you throughout your procedure, so lets get to know them a little better!

    Reception practitioners

These are the first people you come across who will be wearing theatre scrubs! They'll be the ones pushing you around on the theatre trolleys or ward beds before and after your surgery. The main roles of the reception practitioners are:

  • Greet you on your arrival in theatres
  • Help to calm any fears and anxieties you might have
  • Check you're the right person for the right theatre, you'd be amazed how many people have the same names these days!
  • Make sure that all your notes are with you
    Anaesthetic practitioner

You'll meet these lovely people in the anaesthetic room or they'll look after you and keep you chatting if you're having local anaesthetic. Nurses and ODP’s undertake this role; they work alongside the anaesthetist. Their role includes:

  • Preparing all the equipment needed to ensure you have a smooth anaesthetic
  • They'll help to look after you and keep you calm within the anaesthetic room
  • Giving the anaesthetist a hand during the procedure and keep you warm and comfortable ready for when you wake up
    Surgeons

Surgeons are medical doctors and they'll be the lovely people performing your surgery and talking you through everything you need to know before and after your procedure. They're highly specialised when it comes to their surgical procedures and their duties include

  • Pre-surgical assistance and assessment
  • Perform your surgical procedure, it's amazing how fast some of them are!
  • They decide on how you need to be treated after your operation, and help to plan any check ups and give you any information you might need to heal quickly and safely
    Anaesthetist

After years of medical training, they're great at working out what your body needs before, during and after surgery. Their role in surgery includes:

  • Relief of your anxiety before surgery
  • To keep you asleep and/or pain free during your time in surgery
  • To look after your breathing during surgery if you've had a general anaesthetic
  • Relief of pain after your operation, they'll make sure the nurses in Recovery and on the wards have access to everything you need to make you feel better after surgery
    Operating room support workers

If you're having general anaesthetic you won't get to meet these guys, but they'll be working hard along side the scrub practitioner. Their main role as part of the team is to:

  • Assist in positioning patients safely on the operating table
  • Maintaining your dignity
  • Preparing and cleaning theatre at relevant times
  • To support the scrub practitioner when necessary, providing them with any additional items and instruments they might need
    Scrub practitioner

This could be a nurse or an operating department practitioner who has been trained in 'scrubbing' for surgery (this relates to them scrubbing their hands before surgery, they're VERY thorough). They prepare the equipment and surgical accessories for surgeons, you'd be amazed at how much stuff we use in theatres! Their role is varied and they take responsibility for:

  • Checking all relevant equipment
  • Maintaining a safe operating room environment
  • Maintaining your dignity whilst in surgery
  • Communicating effectively within the team
  • Provide instruments, swabs, needles and accessories to the surgeon

These guys get so good at what they do, they can guess what the surgeon is going to do next before he/she does!
    Recovery practitioners

You may or may not remember these folks looking after you as soon as you're finished in the operating theatre but they do a great job of looking after you as you wake up. Their role includes:

  • Checking your breathing is ok during the time when you're waking up
  • Looking after all your wounds and check you over to make sure you're in good condition to go back to the ward
  • Give an effective handover to ward nurses in terms of your care and when you should be well enough to go home