Russells Hall Hospital

Russells Hall Hospital is a large District General Hospital located in Dudley, in the heart of the Black Country. The Anaesthetic Department and Critical Care Unit is staffed by 43 consultants, 3 specialty doctors, deanery trainees and a number of clinical fellows. We are supported by three AAs and a dedicated anaesthetic admin team.


Surgical specialties at Russells Hall include general, vascular (we are the Black Country vascular hub), ENT, maxillofacial, ophthalmology, gynaecology, obstetrics, urology, orthopaedics and plastic surgery. We have a comprehensive pre-op assessment service, and a cardiopulmonary exercise testing service. We can offer experience at all levels of training and currently offer SIAs in Vascular, Major General, Peri-operative medicine, Obstetrics and Pain.


We have 10 main theatres, five day case theatres, an interventional vascular theatre and two obstetric theatres. The Critical Care Unit has covers a range of medical and surgical specialties. There is a standalone Medical enhanced care unit, a Post-operative care unit and a Vascular specialist care unit. The department also includes an acute and chronic pain service.


Facilities in the Department include a trainees’ room with computers and lockers, a seminar room, and on-call rooms for all anaesthetists doing resident on-call.

There is a purpose-built Postgraduate Education Centre with excellent library facilities, a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and a clinical skills laboratory. In addition, we have a state of the art simulation centre, which hosts a range of simulation sessions, including the internationally recognised MEPA paediatric anaesthesia course. Anaesthetic trainees at Russells Hall have the opportunity to participate both as candidates and faculty at this, and a range of other simulation training days.


We are extremely enthusiastic teachers, and provide regular tutorials and exam preparation sessions. Trainees are supported to attend the teaching appropriate for their level of training, which includes regional teaching for more experienced registrars. All trainees have the opportunity to book trainee SPA time, so that they have time to undertake quality improvement projects and develop their practice according to their individual anaesthetic interests.


We are a friendly and welcoming department, and receive consistently good feedback from trainees.


Contact Details

Russells Hall Hospital

Dudley Group Hospitals NHS Trust


West Midlands



Telephone (Main): 01384 456 111

Telephone (Dept): 01384 244 076


Hospital Website

College Tutor

Dr Frances Lay -



Rebecca Hooper



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