The Anaesthesiology Department of the Sierre Hospital is an integral part of the Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Department (SAR) of the Centre Hospitalier du Valais Romand (CHVR). The senior doctors work mainly at the Sierre and Sion sites, while the junior doctors spend periods at the three sites of Sierre, Martigny and Sion.
The operating block in Sierre operates 3 operating rooms on weekdays and performs around 3,000 operations per year. On nights and weekends, the anaesthesia team is on call at the Sion site.
The surgical activity in Sierre includes the following specialities: urology, hand surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, general surgery, maxillofacial surgery and proctology.
It is primarily an elective activity with an increasing share of emergency and delayed emergency activity.
A particular mandate is the development of outpatient surgery. A large proportion of patients come in on the morning of the operation and leave in the evening after a short stay at the Ambulatory Surgery Centre (ASC).
All modern anaesthetic techniques are available to patients. Within the framework of ambulatory medicine, we favour loco-regional anaesthesia techniques, which we are continuing to develop. Ultrasound-guided locoregional anaesthesia is a standard for all procedures.
In addition, we have acquired a virtual reality headset which combines relaxing music, peaceful virtual worlds and a relaxation technique centred on breathing in order to reduce stress and pain during loco-regional anaesthesia procedures.
In agreement with the surgeon and at the patient's request, some procedures are performed under hypnosis by anaesthesia nurses.
In addition, the anaesthesia team performs PICC-ports for patients requiring chemotherapy. This technique is an alternative to traditional port-a-cath. Patients are referred by the oncology treatment centres of the CHVR and the Spitalzentrum Oberwallis (SZO).
In short, you will find in Sierre a motivated anaesthesia team, using the most modern anaesthesia techniques and focused on the reception and well-being of the patients entrusted to them.