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!|