The Acute Pain Team at ARI consists of five nurses. We have four Consultant sessions every week with one session at Woodend for Orthopaedic surgery and Rehabilitation. In addition, we have a Clinical Pain Fellow who does a ward round, fitting in with their other clinic commitments.
Aberdeen is the regional cardiac surgical unit for the North of Scotland. Approximately 550 adult cardiac procedures are performed each year by its four Cardiac Surgeons and seven Cardiac Anaesthetists.
An outpatient based Pain Management Clinic has been run in Aberdeen for over 30 years and has expanded steadily over that time. The clinic is based at the Aberdeen Health Village and around 1600 new patient referrals are received per annum from the Grampian region and also from Orkney and Shetland. Referrals for supraregional services such as spinal cord stimulation are received from the Highland region.
There is a wealth of opportunity for gaining experience in management of difficult airway cases, with a busy otolaryngological and maxillo-facial service. Awake fibre-optic intubation, jet ventilation and laser airway work are regular events and major head-and-neck malignancy cases are undertaken.
The North East’s Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB) Unit, situated within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, is a regional centre providing highly specialised care for the management of HPB conditions.
The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit in Aberdeen is a nationally funded service providing consultant delivered care for the whole of Scotland. Emergency and elective treatment is provided for decompression illness, carbon monoxide poisoning, osteoradionecrosis, and other wounds and infections. This is backed up by a 24 hour medical advice line for emergency referrals.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, along with Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, is one of the four units comprising the Managed Service Network for Neurosurgery in Scotland. It covers the largest geographical catchment area serving a population of 800,000.
Aberdeen Maternity Hospital (AMH) was built in 1937 and now caters for over 5000 deliveries a year. A new Women's Hospital is due to be built and completed by 2021, bringing together the Obstetric, Neonatal and Fertilty services with Gynaecology and Breast Surgery.
Elective orthopaedic surgery is performed at Woodend Hospital, a mile from the main Foresterhill Site, whilst trauma surgery is managed at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). Woodend Hospital has six dedicated orthopaedic theatres, carrying out over 4500 cases per year.
Built in 2004, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) is an 85 bed tertiary paediatric hospital providing high quality care for children up to the age of 16 years from the north-east of Scotland and the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Wider clinical networks exist enabling children from other parts of Scotland to receive their specialist care at RACH.
A team of six consultant paediatric anaesthetists lead the delivery of paediatric anaesthesia care to neonates, infants and children attending RACH for surgery or other procedures requiring general anaesthesia.
NHS Grampian operates Grampian Hospitals Emergency Medical Service (G-HEMS), a road-based Consultant-delivered prehospital emergency medicine service, out of the Emergency Department in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
There are several urological surgeons in Aberdeen performing a wide range or procedures and subspecialising in various upper and lower renal tract pathology. Two dedicated theatres are available for these procedures. One theatre is attached to the urology day ward and performs more minor procedures. The other theatre is part of the recently built Minimally Invasive Suite and is where the remainder of the surgery is carried out.