Dr Sarah Thornton

Consultant Anaesthetist - Anaesthetics, Royal Bolton Hospital

Telephone Number: 01204 390762

Professional Background

Dr Thornton worked the Manchester anaesthetic rotation as a trainee and came to work at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant in May 2000.

She is a member of the Intensive Care Society, the Association of Anaesthetists, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Dr Thornton is also the Training Programme Director for Anaesthetics North West Deanery.

Special Interests and Research

Dr Thornton has special interests in intensive care, paediatric anaesthesia, education and is organ donation ICM lead.

Dr Sarah Thornton works in the following services:


The Anaesthetic Department provides a specialist service in support of surgery, urology, ophthalmology, paediatrics and maternity, caring for patients before, during and after surgery or other procedures. The highly experienced team comprises many specialists. Bolton Theatre Team won the 2011 Patient Safety Awards for Patient Safety in Surgery.

Critical Care

Critical Care at the Royal Bolton Hospital comprises an eight bed intensive care unit and a ten bed high dependency unit which care for seriously ill patients. Both units are staffed by critical care trained nurses and covered by doctors trained in intensive care medicine. Other specialists from across the Trust provide input where necessary. We care for almost 1,400 patients a year making Bolton the third busiest critical care unit in Greater Manchester.