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St George’s Obstetric  Royal College of Anaesthetists ACSA accredited Anaesthetic Service is an innovative, energetic group of anaesthetists responding to the needs of a wide range of women and their needs during childbirth. 

Lead Consultant Anaesthetist: Dr Awini Gunasekera.

Contact: 0208 725 3317

What we do:

We offer both epidural, combined spinal epidural and remifentanil PCA analgesia in labour with  24h resident anaesthetic registrar cover and we have had a dedicated Consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist on call rota since 2016. This allows us to respond to the needs of mothers to meet national audit standards

For more info on pain relief in labour and anaesthesia for Caesarean birth go to http://Labourpains.com

A planned Caesarean section service on weekdays as part of a dedicated operating list Monday – Friday

High Risk Obstetric Anaesthetic Clinic for mothers with complex pregnancies which is closely linked to the highly regarded Maternal Medicine Unit

We also run a Postnatal Follow Up Clinic service to meet the needs of mothers who have had difficult experiences or complications following anaesthesia procedures.

Over 5000 women had their babies at St George’s in 2018. Around 31% of women received epidural analgesia , 88% within 30 min of request and 98% within 1 hour of request, with well below the national standard for complications.

Over 93% of requests for epidural analgesia were attended to within 30 minutes and 98% within 1 hour. At follow up, 96% of women seen found their epidural analgesia Good to excellent and 97% would have epidural analgesia again.

View the feedback for our service since we started collecting comments from families in 2014. In addition in 2018 these were the responses to these questions:



Ryan was so quick and efficient in putting my epidural in. I was nervous about having it but he made it completely effortless for me and there was no fuss. I would happily let him sort my temperature in labour again.

May 2019

David was amazing and funny. He kept both my husband and I positive. He took his time and make sure it was all in properly. If I ever have a spinal done again I hope that he is still around.

May 2019

A godsend at the right moment Mike handled a panicked situation very very well managing to calm me down and then administering the epidural very well no side-effects worked beautifully

April 2019

I was happy being taken care of by Dr Robson as he kept reassuring me and providing me with all the information throughout the process. We came around after the process to ensure that I was well and there were no complications during recovery.

March 2019