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Car Parking
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There is a large free staff carpark. A permit is required that can take ages to get approved. There are generally plenty of spaces if you are starting work at 0800, but not 0900. Patients have a separate multistorey car park that you're not allowed to park in (unless you're being a patient or visiting one). There is permit/pay-and-display on street parking around the hospital and free on street parking about ten minutes walk away. Parking restrictions are all currently lifted because of Covid, so there are no real parking problems and you can use the patient car park too.
Public Transport
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The hospital is a bus hub so there are regular buses that stop either at the main entrance or on surrounding roads. There is a park and ride, although this annoyingly closes in the early evening. There is a free shuttle bus service that connects various health board sites and hospitals in the city.
Notes & systems
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The health board is transitioning not electronic records. At the moment this is completely rolled out in ICU and maternity. The surgical wards have partially moved and the medical wards are moving. Prescriptions charts are still paper at the moment. Bleeps still exist but are being phased out, with on-call teams carrying Ascom phones. Non urgent referrals are generally via generic email boxes for specialties.
Food & Canteen
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There are two canteens which serve hot food, it's not too bad. Only one is open at the moment due to Covid. There is a M&S food and a WH Smith as well. The health board own a café chain called Aroma which serves decent and fairly cheap coffee. You can use the patient café too and you get a discount.
Facilities & Doctors Mess
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The Mess is very good and costs £12/month. There is a large space with a coffee machine and kitchen. Fruit, cereal, bread etc are available. There are often social events and pizzas organised. It is very handy for theatres, ICU and the surgical block, but it's probably five minutes away from the medical block. There is a pool table, table tennis, table football, games consoles, darts and computers. Several sofas and benches and tables. It's next to the canteen so handy for lunch. The library is across the road in the medical school and is huge. If you are a registrar or above, you get honorary status with the university, so you get Eduroam access for the WiFi which is throughout the hospital too. The Medico-Chirurgical Society organise regular events that are pretty cheap and often educational, with wine and nibbles. There is a small but well equipped gym within the hospital. You have to attend an induction before you can use it though. It's free for staff. There are also tennis courts, although the ones in the park across the road are better. There's also a staff sports committee that organise events. If you get honorary university status, you can use all their facilities (pool, gym, sports hall, track etc) too for free off-peak or you can pay about £20 and get open access.
Local Area
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Most juniors live within walking distance of the hospital. The West End, Hilton and Rosemount areas are popular. Rental properties are fairly easily available. Aberdeen has all the usual city attractions: variety of pubs/bars, music venues, theatres, cinemas, museums and art galleries. Outwith the city, there is easy access to the countryside, sea and mountains. There are three ski centres within an hour and a half drive. There is plenty of hillwalking and climbing available in the Cairngorms.
GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
71.10
Clinical Supervision
85.00
Clinical Supervision OOH
84.80
Workload
43.20
Supportive Environment
66.10
Rota Design
69.40
Adequate Experience
74.20
Educational Supervision
81.10
Teamwork
73.80
Educational Governance
68.60
Curriculum Coverage
74.90
Feedback
42.00
Study Leave
41.90
Reporting systems
69.40
Induction
65.10
Handover
64.20
Facilities
42.00
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3.8
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Training on the whole is very good in ARI. Much friendlier than a lot of the larger hospitals and seniors generally will get to know you and treat you well. Hours can be very variable depending on specialty but a lot of places are now very good at having a break taking culture and leaving late is not the norm. Hospital is however very understaffed which can make for very busy and often stressful shifts - not sure how this compares to other more popular areas. Overall would definitely recommend Aberdeen as a place to train but would try and get at least one rotation out of ARI as it can be very samey for a full 2 years
Foundation Programme
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
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Overall
4.6
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Did my Foundation Training here. Continuing to work here as a middle grade. General: A friendly place to work. Big enough to have practically every speciality under one roof but small enough that you get to know people after a couple of years of working here. IT: The IT infrastructure is by no means ideal. Currently transitioning towards electronic notes which are faster / more efficient. Plans to move onto electronic prescribing once this is complete which will be great. Lots of slow computers but also lots of new computers being distributed. Overall, better IT infrastructure compared to most other hospitals. Buildings / Enviornment: -The newer buildings (ie Green Zone / Medical Block) usually have decent staff room facilities and are a pleasant environment to work in. Most of the patients get single rooms etc.. The older buildings (Pink Zone / Surgery) are unpleasant 1960's concrete buildings. You can't open any windows for ventilation. Most patients are in bays. Staff rooms are generally a lot smaller and always windowless. Outside, there are green spaces to sit and have your lunch in the Foresterhill site (if there is good weather, you somehow aren't incredibly busy and you are brave enough to face the wrath of the seagulls). Parking: Parking facilities have been excellent for the last 2 years because staff can use patient parking. Ample space available in a purpose built multi-storey car park. I understand that the parking situation wasn't too bad before this but have never used it myself. Food: -There are two staff canteens, 2 NHS run coffee shops an M&S and a WHSmith. You can get hot food for breakfast and lunch from the staff canteens. Not for dinner. However, the M&S and WHSmith are open late. There are plans to increase the availability of hot food in the staff canteen into the evenings so hopefully this will materialise soon. Housing: Lots of good quality affordable housing within walking distance of the hospital. Transport Links: Lots of buses / taxis available at the main entrance of the hospital. Living in Aberdeen: Aberdeen isn't the most interesting city in the world. With that said, it does have a decent art gallery, theatre and a couple of small museums. There's plenty of shopping and cinemas etc. There are lots of nice gyms in the city and a huge beachfront if you like running. Lots of outdoor activities in Aberdeenshire which you can easily avail if you have a car. Also within close driving distance of the cairngorms / highlands if you like mountaineering. After the oil crash, property has become cheap and Aberdeen has become a very affordable city. You can have a much higher standard of living here on an NHS salary compared to the London, South East of England etc.. Foundation Programme: Quality of training varies wildly between departments. Some are excellent, most are average and a few are terrible. The FP is almost universally underwhelming throughout the UK. ARI is nothing exceptional in this regard. If you get a rotation with the right jobs, you can get good training. The main appeal to me was that many rotations don't require you to move around a lot. There are even some based entirely in ARI - you can actually live in one place for 2 years. I don't think this is possible anywhere else in the UK without spending large amounts of time commuting.
Foundation Programme
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
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