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 TransportMake a change
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 & systemsMake a change
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 & CanteenMake a change
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 MessMake a change
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.
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.