South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix


Take Home Analgesia after Caesarean Section (THAnCS)

The aim of this project was to assess the subjective efficacy of post-operative analgesia in women following a Caesarean Section.

The first part comprised a retrospective analysis of the case notes of all women who had a Caesarean Section during the 2 week data collection period. The second part involved a structure telephone interview which took place in the 10-14 days following delivery.

Data collection was completed in March 2014.


Take home analgesia after caesarean section (THAnCS): a regional survey of current practice and patient experience

Written by Clare Attwood and Emily Howells & edited by Danielle Franklin, Nikki Freeman, Jane Montgomery & Gary Minto



THaNCS summary

OAA, Dr Clare Attwood, 21-22nd May 2015

SWARM AGM, Dr Nikki Freeman, 2nd December 2014
Joint Meeting of the Peninsula Obstetric Anaesthetists' Group (POAG) & Cotswold and Mendip Maternity Anaesthetists (COMMA), Dr Nikki Freeman, 15th October 2014

SASWR, Dr Clare Attwood, 14-15th May 2015


Dr Elizabeth Graham & Dr Mark Pauling, Derriford Hospital, 28th August 2014
Dr Emily Howells, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, 2nd February 2015
Dr Suzanne Grenfell, Musgrove Park Hospital, 20th August 2014
Dr Sophie Graham, Torbay Hospital, 18th September 2014


Dr Nikki Freeman, Best Poster at Joint POAG & COMMA meeting, 15th October 2014


Regional Trust Project Leads

Dr Nikki Freeman
Dr Jane Montgomery
Dr Matthew Rucklidge

Local Trust Project Leads

Dr Mark Pauling, Derriford Hospital

Dr Johannes Retief, Royal Cornwall Hospital

Dr Emily Howells, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Dr Alexandra Hughes, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Dr Claire Attwood, Torbay Hospital

Dr Suzy Grenfell, Musgrove Park Hospital

Dr David Robertshaw, North Devon District Hospital


Local Trust Project Investigator

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Dr Elizabeth Graham
Dr Karen Hayes
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter
Dr James Cockroft
Torbay Hospital, Torquay
Dr Sophie Graham
Dr David Hay
Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
Dr Carmen Marginean

Local Trust Project Contributors

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Dr Jeremy Preece
Dr Stephen Copplestone
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro
Dr Helen King
Dr Megan Thomas
Dr Daniel Mc'Laughlin
Dr Susan Edie
Dr Samantha Banks
Dr Sally Nash
Dr Cathy Ralph
Dr Alex Ishimaru
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter
Dr Graham Simpson
Dr Jo Edwards
Dr Thomas Clark
Dr Ben Ballisat
Dr Matthew Rucklidge
North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple
Dr James Bickley