The Department of Anaesthesiology at Markham Stouffville Hospital aims to provide the highest quality patient care. Our team of skilled anaesthesia professionals with different educational backgrounds and unique specialties have strong relationships with all members of the healthcare team. The anaesthesiology department provides 24/7 coverage to patients at Markham Stouffville Hospital.
If you are coming for surgery at Markham Stouffville Hospital, please also see our Your surgical care journey and Day of surgery pages, where you will find out important information such as how to prepare for surgery and what to do/where to go when you arrive at the hospital.
Anaesthesiologists focus on the management of pain and provide this care for patients undergoing all types of surgeries. Anaesthesiologists provide consultative services for patients with specific healthcare needs pre- and postoperatively, including the diagnosis and treatment of both chronic and acute pain relief. As well, anaesthesiologists provide epidural analgesia for women during childbirth, assist with resuscitation in the Emergency Department and diagnostic imaging, treat critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit, and have a leadership role in the Acute Pain Service. Read more about the types of anaesthesia used in healthcare.
The anaesthesiology department reflects the requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Anaesthesiologists Society and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
The Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society has created a helpful frequently asked questions about anaesthesia, which you can read.
Acute pain services
The acute pain service (APS) at MSH is comprised of anaesthesiologists and an advanced practice nurse working in collaboration with the rest of the healthcare team (pharmacists, physicians, physiotherapists, nurses, etc.). We strive to provide the most current and effective methods of pain control. The APS is involved with your care prior to, during and after surgery. The main focus of the APS is to provide you with pain and symptom management after surgery. We will try to make sure you have as little pain as possible after surgery. It is important that you communicate your pain needs to your healthcare team.