Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address The Great Western Hospital
Marlborough Road
The Trust and Hospital(s)

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Consists of these hospitals and services.

The Great Western Hospital – a modern district general hospital providing emergency care, surgery, diagnostics, outpatient and day case services.

The Brunel Treatment Centre – a unit designed to provide high quality elective (planned) care and diagnostics.

The Swindon Intermediate Care Centre – There is 1 ward for generic adult rehabilitation and another for a mixture of Stroke rehabilitation and step-up admissions from the community. Currently under GWH caretaking.

The Shalbourne Suite – a private patient unit within the Brunel Treatment Centre.

Other Units – There are several other hospitals, clinics and services provided by the Trust, such as Marlborough House, Savernake Hospital, Chippenham Community Hospital and Fairford Hospital. The Victoria Centre is on the campus with Old-age Psychiatry beds

Size of Hospital(s)

450 beds (Great Western); 128 beds (Brunel Treatment Centre); 60 beds (SwICC);20 beds (Shalbourne Suite); 26 beds (Savernake); 37 beds (Chippenham); 25 beds (Warminster)

No of Foundation Doctors

30 F1s, 30 F2s

Foundation Programmes

It is designed to enable F1 and F2 doctors to have a good grounding in the care of the acutely ill medical and surgical patients, as well as experience in other specialty areas such as ITU and paediatrics. The programme contains community elements such as GP, psychiatry and community Paediatrics to meet the ‘Broadening Foundation’ requirements of Health Education England. The robust educational infrastructure of the Programme will focus on the professional skills set out in the GMC document Good Medical Practice, including communication skills, team working, governance, ethics and habits of lifelong learning.

The structured, weekly, consultant led educational sessions specifically for F1 and F2 doctors, cover professional and clinical skills. These sessions ensure doctors fulfill the GMC requirements for full registration in medicine and surgery. There is also a Programme of Simulation sessions specifically for foundation doctors.

Every year Foundation doctors are encouraged to participate in Quality Improvement Projects which are presented to the Trust Management Team at the end of the year. Previous projects have received awards, have been presented at National meetings and been published in the BMJ Quality Journal.

The formal teaching takes place in our purpose-built multi-professional Academy, which houses a medical library with textbooks, journals and internet access.

Education Centre Facilities

The Academy includes 2 lecture theatres (1 with theatre links), 7 seminar rooms of varying sizes, simulation suite, a clinical skills room (for practical procedures such as catheterisation, cannulation, administration of IV drugs etc) and a library. The library service includes books, journals and access to the internet and online journal systems.

Staff Restaurant Facilities

Restaurant serving hot and cold meals open from 07:00 – 20:00 Bookends café serving hot and cold snacks open from 12:00 – 14:30 Out of hours vending service available.

Doctor’s Mess

There is an active private Doctors mess on site with regular events, with kitchen facilities, lively social scene and sports teams.

Nearby Amenities

Town Centre/Shipping outlet – 10 minutes away

Easy motorway access to London, Bath and Bristol. Oxford less than 40

minutes away. London, Cardiff 70 minutes away.

Excellent local sporting facilities e.g. golf, tennis, sailing, numerous gyms

Beautiful Cotswold and Marlborough Downs countryside