Waikato Hospital as seen over lake Rotoroa

The Anaesthesia research team has a broad range of experience. Their research focus is in the per-operative environment, working with theatre and PACU. They are keen to work with different research departments within Waikato Hospital and to build collaborative partnerships on projects.

Current research areas of interest:

Regional anaesthesia

  • ESB Pilot Trial: Erector Spinae Blockade feasibility Study
  • PECs II Trial: PEC’s II blockade study on Patient Quality of Recovery following breast surgery

Cardiac surgery

  • ITACs Trial: IV Iron for treatment of anaemia before cardiac surgery
  • LAAOS III Trial: occlusion versus non-occlusion of LAA and stroke

Anaesthetic EEG

  • Balanced Anaesthesia Study: Depth of anaesthesia on patient outcome after major surgery
  • Alpha-Max Trial: Modulation of EEG to reduce delirium in PACU
  • Conscious II Trial: EEG and IFT testing of responsiveness during anaesthesia

The department also collects audit data for a variety of projects.


Jamie Sleigh portrait
Professor Jamie Sleigh


Dr Kelly Byrne

Dr Kelly Byrne


Dr Amy Gaskell

Jonathan Termaat

Gay Mans

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