Operating Theatre Technician


Operating theatre technicians prepare and maintain operating theatres and equipment, and assist surgical and anaesthetic teams during operations.

Duties & Tasks

Operating theatre technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • transport patients to and from the theatre and wards
  • assist in preparing operating rooms for surgery
  • set up, check, connect and adjust surgical equipment
  • provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses and anaesthetists
  • clean and restock the operating room, arranging instruments, supplies and equipment according to instruction
  • position patients for surgical and anaesthetic treatments.

Working Conditions

Operating theatre technicians usually work closely within a team in a restricted physical environment.

Operating theatre technicians may be required to comply with strict uniform requirements.

Personal Requirements

  • good communication and people skills
  • attention to detail
  • able to work under pressure
  • able to work accurately and with minimal supervision
  • able to work as part of a team
  • organised and methodical
  • good general health and fitness.

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