RELAX Anaesthetics™ Wins AAGBI Innovation Award

22 January 2016


Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Peter Brooks, has won an Innovation Award from the AAGBI (The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland) for providing the inspiration for RELAX Anaesthetics, a tablet-based tool for distracting and calming children before anaesthesia. RELAX Anaestheticswas created by Imagineear working in a development and co-funding partnership with CW+.

RELAX Anaestheticsis already an NHS Innovation Challenge 2015 Acorn Award winner for small ideas that make a big difference to young patients and staff.  It also saves clinicians’ time, reduces anaesthetic drugs costs and improves patient and parent experience.  The tablet is also formulated to capture anonymised data on, for example, procedure lengths and types of intervention.

Peter, a Paediatric Anaesthetist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, made his presentation bid for the AAGBI Prize for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain 2016 at the Association’s Winter Scientific Meeting on 15th January.

‘I am delighted that the potential of this project has been recognised by the AAGBI Innovation Committee’, said Peter Brooks. ‘I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by Daisy Fancourt whose enthusiasm and support made the initial funding from CW+ possible. The Relax Anaesthetics App has been tested at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital by Dr Corina Lee and colleagues where it provides a better experience for anxious children and their families and is attracting interest from hospital trusts around the country.’

‘Surgical units in trusts and hospitals as well as individual anaesthetists are acquiring RELAX Anaesthetics and enthusiasm for it has built considerably throughout this year,’ said Clare Cooper-Hammond, Managing Director of Imagineear. ‘We delighted that Peter has gained acknowledgment for his idea.’


Notes to editors

To purchase RELAX Anaesthetic please contact:

Clare Cooper-Hammond at Imagineear: or call: 0845 680 7770.

About Imagineear Ltd

Imagineear is a leading provider of multimedia content and technology solutions. We design and produce multilingual content, which we often integrate with existing archive materials, as well as live audio. We publish to smartphones, and to smart devices on-site, working with sports venues, cultural sites and the healthcare sector. In London and Amsterdam, we have experienced content, hardware, software and data solutions teams. Our goal is to help our clients deliver exceptional value and memorable experiences to their visitors, both on- and off-site.

About CW+  

CW+, The Art + Science of Patient Care exists to make care better for patients and their families.

From our base at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital we bring together pioneering research, innovation, art and design to transform the experience and outcomes for thousands of people every day - in our hospital, in the wider community and all around the world.

We do this by:

  • Raising funds for education, training and ground-breaking research to identify new life saving treatments and illness prevention for babies, children and adults.
  • Delivering an award-winning art and design programme to transform the hospital environment and experience for patients, families, volunteers and staff.
  • Investing in financially sustainable innovations, facilities and technologies which improve clinical outcomes for patients.

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