F1, Weston Area Health NHS Trust

What programme are you doing? Surgery, Cardiology, EAU, Care of the Elderly
Why did you pick this Trust? I wanted to stay in Severn because it’s the area in which I trained and I love Bristol. Working in Weston allows me to commute from Bristol and I wanted to start working in a small DGH to build up my skills and confidence
What's the area like? Weston has a large elderly population so the majority of patients are older
What's the best thing about your Trust? Weston is a small and incredibly friendly hospital. You end up getting to know everyone which is really lovely
And the worst? Sometimes there is a lack of senior support on the wards, meaning that we don’t always get the supervision and teaching that I had hoped for
What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust? If you are commuting from Bristol, make sure you buy a card for the Clifton suspension bridge as it saves you a lot of money!

Being organised is probably the most important thing, this will get easier as you learn how the hospital works.

Never be afraid to ask for help, people are always happy to help out.

Always make time for a break and don’t forget to eat, you will work much better.

Start on your e-portfolio early.

When on call, I always carry the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and I make sure that I bring chocolate or something similar. I couldn’t get by without them!

What's the typical patient profile? Either an older person with worsening CCF or an elderly person with confusion, often caused by an infection
Describe your job in one word Brilliant

F2, Weston Area Health NHS Trust

What programme are you doing? Gynae/ ED/ General Surgery
Why did you pick this Trust? For the rotation
What's the area like? Nearby beach, not far from Bristol
What's the best thing about your Trust? Friendly, small and personal
And the worst? Lots of vacancies in the SHO rotas, no middle grade support except in ED
What advice would you give someone about to start in your Trust? Be aware that as an F2 it can be a lot of responsibility with no registrars around in gynae and general surgery. Note that the gynae job has no obstetrics. With no doctors living in the social life is not as good as it has been as everyone commutes back to Bristol
What's the typical patient profile? Anything from young holiday makers and families to elderly locals
Describe your job in one word Variable!