Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know who my anaesthetist will be and can I choose my anaesthetist?

Due to the 24 hour 365 day service we provide it is not possible to guarantee which Jersey Anaesthetic Group Consultant will be your anaesthetist on the day of your operation.  We work as a team and always offer a consistent, high standard of care. However, we will always try to accommodate any special requests.

Can I meet my anaesthetist before my operation?

On the day of your operation your anaesthetist will always come to meet you prior to your anaesthetic. If you wish to meet us before this, we can arrange to see you as part of a pre-operative assessment appointment. Due to the 24 hour 365 day service we provide it may not be possible to guarantee which Jersey Anaesthetic Group Consultant will be your anaesthetist.  Therefore a consultant pre-operative assessment may not be with the same consultant anaesthetist as the day of surgery. Specific details of your pre-operative assessment will be communicated to the relevant members of the team. Please note that there is an additional fee for Anaesthetic Consultant pre-operative assessment appointments.

Can I find out if my anaesthetist is recognised by my insurance company?

Yes. Jersey Anaesthesia Group can provide Anaesthesia for all major insurers but if you are uncertain please contact Tina (+44 1534 630211).

How do I know if there is a shortfall in my fee?

When you have been given an operation code by your surgeon, you can obtain an estimate of the anaesthetic fee either by using our fee search tool online or by contacting our secretary, Tina (+44 1534 630211). The estimate is based on the proposed operation and may be different if you undergo a different procedure.  Please see Fees

If you have health insurance you should contact your insurance company in advance of your operation to confirm the benefits available under the terms of your policy. Any difference between the anaesthetic fee and the amount covered by your insurer is called a shortfall, which you will be liable to pay.

What do I do if I require emergency care?

If you wish to have emergency care provided privately you should inform the hospital staff.  You should check the level of benefit provided by your insurer as you may be liable for any shortfall. However your safety will always be our first priority. If you have any concerns please discuss this with us.

How do I arrange payment?

You can arrange payment either directly or from your insurer. You can pay by:

  1. Cheque payable to “Jersey Anaesthetic Group (JAG) LTD”
  2. Bank transfer - sort code: 40-25-33, account No: 61864041

Please include your invoice reference number.

When should I eat and drink prior to my operation?

Our pre-operative fasting guidance is in line with hospital and National guidelines.

We recommend you drink clear liquids (water, juices without pulp, coffee or tea without milk, non-fizzy carbohydrate drinks) up to 2 hours before surgery. If you have been asked to come into the hospital in the morning you should drink clear fluids up to 07:00. If you have been asked to come into the hospital for the afternoon you should drink clear fluids up to 11:30 unless instructed otherwise.

You should not eat solid food (or milk or fizzy drinks) for 6 hours before your operation.

When can I drive?

You should not drive/operate machinery for the first 24 hours after your anaesthetic. After major surgery or if you require strong pain killers it may be longer. If you have concerns you should ask us prior to your operation.

Can I go home on the same day?

With most minor surgery it is possible to go home the same day. Usually, your surgeon will tell you in advance if you are required to stay overnight. In day-case surgery you should have access to a telephone and transport and have somebody with you overnight.

Do I continue my regular medication?

During your pre-operative assessment with the specialist nurses you will be advised which medication to stop and how long before your operation. If you are unsure please ask.

In general you should continue your regular medication. If you take the following medication then you will need advice on when to take them:

  • Drugs from the ACE inhibitor group of blood pressure medications
  • ‍Insulin
  • ‍Medication that affects blood clotting