Positives: Senior staff very friendly and supportive. Friendly nurses. Most sub-specialties onsite.
Negatives: Department small, cramped and oppressively busy. 8 hour waits were routine pre-COVID, as well as >12 hour bed-waits. CT is 200m away in the main hospital. Supplies of things like obs machines and blood trolleys terrible. Tiny break room. Irregular departmental teaching.
Other: Hard to know how bad the rota was compared to other ED rotas.
Overall I learned a lot as an F2 in CAH ED, bit of a baptism of fire for my first F2 job. The department logistically is a shambles, limited by the size of the place, lack of nursing staff and bed pressures. But can honestly say I never felt poorly supported, with the Consultants being universally friendly and approachable.
Foundation Programme Year Two (FY2)
Craigavon Area Hospital
Horrible nursing staff with poor training.Ask to do bloods and cannulas all the time