Your spinal anaesthetic

4th edition, August 2014
This leaflet explains what to expect when you have an operation with a spinal anaesthetic.

The College is happy to provide one free copy of this leaflet – please contact us directly by emailing comms@rcoa.ac.uk.

Downloading/printing the leaflet 

The above leaflet is suitable for printing single-sided in colour on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. Other formats of the leaflet are also available to download below for booklet and black and white prinitng.

  • Mono single pages - For printing single-sided in black and white on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. Perfect for reading on-line or home printing.
  • Colour spreads - For printing single-sided in colour on landscape A4, with two pages of the leaflet to one page (side by side to save paper).
  • Mono spreads - For printing single-sided in black and white on landscape A4, with two pages of the leaflet to one page (side by side to save paper).
  • Colour imposed pages - For printing double-sided in colour on landscape A4, with the pages set up for booklet printing/pagination.
  • Mono imposed pages - For printing double-sided in black and white on landscape A4, with the pages set up for booklet printing/pagination. 
  • Word version - For printing single-sided in black and white on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. This is a simplified version of the leaflet with all non-essential images and graphics removed. Perfect for reading on-line or home printing.

Clinical review 2014
Professor Tim Cook, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal United Hospital, Bath
Dr Isabeau Walker, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and Consultant Anaesthetist, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London

Original lead author
Dr Barrie Fischer, Consultant Anaesthetist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Lay review
Ms Sara Payne, The Lay Committee, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Ms Beth Harries, The Lay Committee, Royal College of Anaesthetists

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