RCoA/AAGBI Information Leaflets

Sorry, but the RCoA cannot give advice to individuals regarding their treatment. If you need specific advice please contact the hospital where you are being treated. Many hospital websites have detailed information about local policies and protocols, and a pre-anaesthetic assessment clinic for discussion of specific issues.

The following is a series of guides to help you prepare for your anaesthetic – developed jointly by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). They give general guidance and discuss specific aspects of care.

The RCoA is happy to provide a copy of each leaflet below.  Please contact us directly via: comms@rcoa.ac.uk.  If you would like to order larger print run numbers of any of the leaflets, please click here.  Alternatively, the leaflets are also available via the links below in other formats that are suitable for printing locally or at home. 

Can I make any changes to the text in the leaflets?
Anaesthesia explained, Rees Bear has an anaesthetic, Davy the Detective and General Anaesthesia: A brief guide for young people have been certified by Plain English. To maintain the crystal mark and the RCoA, AAGBI and APAGBI crests, the text has to remain unchanged.

If you wish to make changes to the text in any of the other leaflets and keep the RCoA and AAGBI crests, you will need to contact the Communications Department with details of the proposed changes for approval.

Can I use portions of the text in our own hospital leaflet?
Yes but all logos/crests must be removed and the text must be accompanied by the following acknowledgement and a reference to where the original leaflet can be found:

"This publication includes text taken from The Royal College of Anaesthetists’ (RCoA) leaflet ‘insert title here, followed by year’ but the RCoA has not reviewed this as a whole".

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