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Dr Simon Jones MBBS, FANZCA

Areas of Practice
I am a busy anaesthetist working in the inner city and very much enjoy the challenges of my profession. In the public system I am on staff at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and St Vincent's Hospital. In private I work mainly at St Vincent's Private and the Epworth/ Freemason's hospitals.

I work regularly in many surgical specialties including orthopaedics, neurosurgery, eye surgery, obstetrics, hand surgery, ear/nose/throat and abdominal surgery. I work regularly with children.

I am experienced in epidural and spinal anaesthesia as well as eye blockade techniques. I am skilled in ultrasound guided nerve blockade for anaesthesia and post operative pain relief which is particularly useful in hand and orthopaedic surgery.

Professional History
I studied medicine at Melbourne University and later trained in anaesthesia at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. I completed my post graduate training at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and St George's Hospital, London. My fellowship focused on neurosurgical and obstetric anaesthesia. During my studies in the UK I was honoured to receive the Magill Medal for the first place in the primary anaesthetic examination. On return to Australia in 2002 I was a full time staff anaesthetist at St Vincent’s Hospital for 3 years where I was actively involved in teaching and research. I have 7 publications in peer reviewed journals and hope to continue my research activities.

Before your operation
Most medications, especially cardiac, blood pressure and antacid tablets, should be continued up, and including, the day of surgery. Even if you are fasting, you can take your tablets with a small sip of water. Anti-clotting medications may need to be stopped prior to surgery (especially Plavix or Iscover), so you should tell your surgeon about these to confirm whether they should be stopped.

Diabetic tablets should not be taken on the day of surgery. If you take insulin, please contact the anaesthetic rooms for advice at least one day prior to surgery.

Further Information
If you are interested in learning more about anaesthesia, the website All About Anaesthesia is an excellent resource.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact my rooms using the links above.