What we do

The Anaesthetics service encompasses intra-operative anaesthesia, pre-anaesthetic assessment, acute pain management, anaesthesia outside the operating suite and teaching and education throughout the hospital.

We are committed to evidence-based best practice, continuous quality improvement, research and teaching.

Bendigo Health is associated with the recognised training programme for medical practitioners who wish to become Fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA). Registrars rotate from major teaching hospitals in Melbourne.

Who we care for

The department of anaesthesia provides anaesthetic services for more than 11,000 operative procedures per year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hospital's six operating theatres cater for all major types of adult and paediatric surgery, excluding cardiac and neurosurgery.

What to expect

An anaesthetist will see you before the procedure commences and assess your fitness for anaesthesia.

Your anaesthetist will stay with you at all times during your procedure.

Your anaesthetist will deliver you to the Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit (also known as Recovery Room) and hand you over to their care once it is safe to do so.

Head of Department

Dr Bikash Agarwal

Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA)

Level 1, Bendigo Hospital


100 Barnard Street
Entry via Mercy Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550


03 5454 6000