Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Anaesthesia and Critical Care

The Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is based in the Education and Research Centre (ERC), Smurfit Building, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.  The ERC building is located beside the Accident Emergency Department, Beaumont Hospital.

What we do

We teach anaesthesia/critical care medicine to undergraduate medical students. The programme begins with an orientation on Monday morning and students are assigned as follows: Beaumont Hospital 8-9 students/Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda 3 students/Connolly Hospital 3 students/and Waterford Regional Hospital 3 students. All students present themselves at 08.00 hrs on Friday mornings in Beaumont Hospital assessment and feedback session.

In addition, we participate in the teaching and training of postgraduate trainees in anaesthesia rotating through the Eastern Regional Anaesthetic Training Programme and the National Higher Professional Training Programme in Ireland.

In association with the Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, we provide high quality patient care to patients in the operating theatres, especially neurosurgery and major vascular surgery, and in the intensive care unit. We coordinate a number of postgraduate workshops, symposia and conferences.


Our research interests include cost and quality of life outcome following surgical intervention for subarachnoid haemorrhage and head injuries; memory and awareness during anaesthesia; cardiac morbidity following major vascular surgery; cardiorespiratory changes associated with laparoscopic surgery, intracerebral metabolism, studies of renal protective and head injury and influences on splanchnic flow during aortic cross clamping.