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Glasgow Royal Infirmary

84 Castle St, Glasgow, G4 0SF
42.9% of trainees would work here again

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Canteen not open overnight. Food is pretty bad for the price you pay.
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GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
77.70
Clinical Supervision
90.80
Clinical Supervision OOH
88.20
Workload
45.30
Supportive Environment
68.20
Rota Design
71.60
Adequate Experience
76.50
Educational Supervision
83.70
Local Teaching
64.80
Teamwork
73.10
Educational Governance
70.00
Curriculum Coverage
75.00
Feedback
70.80
Study Leave
58.40
Reporting systems
71.60
Induction
77.30
Handover
62.40
Facilities
70.80
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Overall
1.4
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Good staff facilities on receiving/a&e area which is in a newish block, everywhere else in the hospital is very poor. Horrible rota with almost daily changes and calls from coordinators trying to guilt you into covering shifts. I can't remember a single vacant med reg shift that was covered by a locum, it has always been people volunteering/being guilted into covering. Not a very friendly place to work, always felt like just another nameless cog (and I realise bigger hospitals tend to be that way but GRI was definitely the worst in that regard for me) Training opportunities are there but you will have to work hard to seek them, they don't make it easy for you!
Acute Internal Medicine
Senior (ST3+)
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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2.2
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College tutors/obstetric consultants are great and go over and above for trainees. That aside there is a definite culture of systemic bullying - it’s evident mostly in theatres, and a horrible attitude of “well that’s not how we used to do it” “that’s just the way it is”. A real effort from junior new consultants to establish change is almost impossible against the senior consultant body. I really thought I loved this job - it was only till I worked elsewhere that I realised the true meaning of Stockholm syndrome and that finding your junior/fellow colleagues crying in the changing rooms wasn’t normal. Find the good consultants and don’t take things personally.
Anaesthetics
Core Anaesthetics
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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3.6
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After several of the consultants at my trust read a review on here and asked "IS IT REALLY THAT BAD?!", I felt I had to comment on my time at GRI. I worked there as core trainee with a 6 month stint at a DGH outside Glasgow. Granted the parking isn't amazing but you should try parking at some of the hospitals down south. At least at GRI you could buy these multi-entry tickets which saved you money. Also on nightshift you only had to pay for an hours parking as the charges don't kick in until 8am. As for the Duty2 shifts, the ST6/7s I was on with seemed to like them as they get their oncall out the way rather than doing a run of nightshifts. I always seemed to be on with the same trainee which was good and they said its much easier coming off a bad duty 2 than a run of nights where your sleep pattern is all to pot. The induction was a bit old school with a walk around the hospital buy I'd prefer that to "here's a page, good luck mate." The rota was fair in that I got all the AL/SL I wanted but at times when others were off eg summer, you tended to do more backfill. The consultants were all pretty nice from memory although the ICU guys were uber keen. This was good in the sense they would always come in to support you overnight but I could do without the 8am teaching session during handover after a busy shift. I'm sure the intention was good and I retained some of it. Ok there is no Cordon Bleu cantene on site but the tea room served rolls and I mostly brought my own food. There are also loads of places nearby which was great for oncalls when the nurses would order enough to feed the five thousand! The place is full of history and tradition with old pics displayed everywhere and I got the sense the consultants were proud they worked there and were keen to continue it. I have fond memories and wanted to feed that back in the face of what I felt was very harsh criticism from another reviewer who was probably just disgruntled at the end of a bad nightshift!
Anaesthetics
Anaesthetics
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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1.4
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Marmite? That’s not marmite, marmite is a normal thing, intensely liked / disliked by people, as per their taste. That was systematic bullying and undermining that was normalised so much that even consultants that had been there a few years were still treated like registrars by some people, it was that obvious. It was careless, it was inconsiderate, unkind. Obviously there were /are plenty good people at GRI, that is of course the norm, but the sad thing was how everyone knew who the rotten apple/s were, but just accepted them as “normal”, all just to accumulate some career currency. They almost forgot how to be kind, how to care, they almost forgot that we are human too. That said, change of guard is imminent, there is tons of training available, and if you can focus, put your head down, enjoy the good bits, you’ll still come out with good skills & even some great friends. Best of luck to everyone. I won’t be choosing to work there as a consultant though.
Anaesthetics
Anaesthetics
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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1.6
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I would largely like to echo what the other reviews have already touched on and give my own two cents. The vast majority of the consultants at GRI are fantastic - easy to get on with, approachable and enthusiastic to teach. In particular the obstetric department are fantastic and despite recent rota challenges, I really enjoyed working in PRM and would happily return. College tutors also clearly put in a lot of time and effort and this is much appreciated. From a patient safety perspective I cannot comprehend how the 24 hour duty 2 shift exists. Clearly it is designed to keep the old guard in bed overnight. Completely agree about ITU handovers, but suspect this has improved over the years. Varies depending on personnel, but after a busy nightshift the last thing we need is to be grilled on the minutiae of each patient's admission and to recite blood results that have only become available 2 minutes before handover. Otherwise a great unit to work in, excellent learning opportunities and broadly well supported in and out of hours. I appreciate the royal was built over 200 years ago but it could really do with some better staff facilities. Above all the food on offer is really quite abysmal. The canteen food is of very low quality and this is especially true of the 'healthy' options. Pre-pandemic the parking situation was disgraceful, charging upwards of £3/ hour for staff or visitors to a hospital is shocking. Really hope the car park continues to be free of charge. Hoping for some changes at GRI in the coming years, overall I think the positives outweigh the negatives - but only just.
Anaesthetics
Senior (ST3+)
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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1
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I can't begin to describe how much I hate this place. You know all the recent work they've done on fatigue and trainee wellbeing- where they talk about how you can’t perform without the basics... food, getting leave, car parking, respect, decent rota published in good time. GRI fails on all accounts and doesn't care. Why anyone would want to work here I have no idea. I'll start with the most basic thing a hospital should provide for it's employees. The facilities are piss poor, particularly out of hours. If you want a coffee or food on nightshift, you're out of luck unless the midwives have had a tea on for someone. Even during the day the options are either some pre-packaged junk from WHSmith or rushing down to Mabels cafe in the hopes they'll have a roll left. Trainees don't have anywhere to put their stuff (if you aren't one of the lucky ones and are honoured with a locker thanks to some lucky bastard escaping the awful place). You'll also be charged something ludicrous like £24/day for the privilege of parking in the only car park. Street parking nearby is for a maximum of 3hrs and expensive anyway. Either that or you can take your life in your hands and park in Dennistoun- understanding that your car might not be there when you get back. Then - the rota (particularly the maternity rota which is just eternal nights). Written by someone who either just despises trainees, or is experimenting on how far they can abuse someone before they have a mental breakdown. That's if you can even work out where you're supposed to be from the 5 conflicting rota emails you've received from various secretaries over the course of the week. They also have a form of torture on the general rota called a "Duty 2" shift for senior trainees. A 24hr on call where they offer you the amazing training opportunity of learning how to do a busy 12hr CEPOD shift with an empty stomach and full bladder followed by 12hrs "at home" (/of waiting to be dragged back into the hospital at your physiological worst to either anaesthetise someone at death's door or do a tour of Glasgow with them in the back of an ambulance). How they've not gotten rid of such an archaic unsafe shift is beyond me. Well it would be if I hadn't experienced first hand how trainees are treated here. Then you've got the trainee reps, who are sadly either highly ineffectual, or people who seem to think that they are on the ladder to the most illustrious career in anaesthesia in Glasgow, and are therefore quite happy to sacrifice their fellow trainees to ensure they get a consultant job at GRI. Oh, and if you'd like study leave you'll have to offer to either work your wedding or miss the birth of your first child. Overall - at GRI you have to give up expecting to be treated like a human, and accept your new miserable existence as a space on a rota. "It's just the way it is." Good luck.
Anaesthetics
Anaesthetics
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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0.6
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Incompetent rota coordinator. Consultants guilt tripping people to volunteer for shifts all the time, even for shifts >72 hours away. No training opportunities, just 4 months of rota fodder for the wards. Poor facilities: some wards don't even have a doctor's room to work in. Only redeeming factor is that on call is fairly infrequent, until a consultant starts to guilt trip you to cover..
Geriatric Medicine
Foundation Programme
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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4.4
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worked as an F1 there Actually I loved GRI. The old building is so cool and full of history. On a nice day you can grab aroma coffee and go to the rooftop with the amazing views! As F1 you work A LOT. GRI doesn’t care how intensively you work, it wants just some more. The rota is really tough and is at its maximum cuz when I calculated the hours it was something like 47.899999 lol. I don’t know how they’ve done it but here we are... Workload in most of the places is really heavy. Rotation in gen med includes blocks of AMU and you can forget about any life outside work during that moth. You’re working 12h shifts all the time with insane intensity. However, you’re very supported with 2 consultant ward rounds and you have an SHO as well who might be an IMT. I’ve learned a lot and when moved to other hospital as an SHO I found myself more confident than most of my peers! Downstream ward work only seems to be more relaxed.... but hey, it’s GRI, so the adventures start from hunting for a pod (I managed to trade a pod for a lunch, recommend to keep a stash of them!) to chasing bloods that don’t come back until 4 pm. So, the evening F1 is sometimes given something like 20+ bloods to chase with random «U&E’s for potassium».. F1 weekends are somewhat a hit or miss..., the pleb cover is very occasional (they simply can decide not to turn up if the weather is nice) and you end up bleeding 4-5-6 wards. When I was holding the arrest bleep it meant that my phleb round would be occasionally interrupted to attend the arrest and then I’d go back to bleeding pt’s. Training..... well, if you manage to attend the teams meeting while munching your sandwich in the ward and nurses constantly interrupting you...that’s already an achievement. I rotated in Respiratory and the only people who were keen to teach you were 2 consultants (Dr C was the best!!). The rest of the consultants didn’t care. Registrars were too preoccupied with exercising their procedural skills and clinics (occasionally will do the ward round on behalf of the consultant). Geriatrics team was nice and very supportive. You could always ask in the departmental watsapp for help and someone would turn up if they have more chilled/relaxed day with the reg turning up as well. This doesn’t exclude the workload though and most of your days are still busy (not the place to choose if you want chill rotation). Overall, I enjoyed my days in GRI as I felt what a real team is and how it changes you life. Of course it’s a busy NHS hospital with most of the days being highly intense but you always have your peers/pals there to help or to be your shoulder to cry on. We always worked as a team OOH having watsapp chat and supporting each other with jobs. I’ve never met such great team work ever!
Foundation Programme
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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Overall
0.4
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Pure service provision, no training. Used as rota fodder. Frequent gaps in the rota and "can you please cover x shift" Trainees and doctors get moved around a lot to random wards on random days with no continuity of care. Poor working facilities for doctors, with some wards having no break rooms. Hostile working environment from nursing staff.
Geriatric Medicine
Foundation Programme
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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4.4
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Good rota, good team. Good working culture. Lots of opportunities for training. Trainees are respected and treated fairly. On calls are very tough and service-provision heavy but infrequent. Teaching is mostly in theatre.
Plastic Surgery
Foundation Programme
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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3.6
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Good job as an FY2/SHO - horrible job for an FY1, unless things have changed from a few years ago. If you’re a FY2/SHO interested in surgery then this is a great job. You’ll get loads of time in theatre, clinics, exposure to surgical HDU, it’s a tertiary referral centre for pancreatic, hepatobiliary, intestinal failure and oesophagogastric surgery so you see loads of interesting stuff. From an SHO point of view, you’re well supported by seniors as there are multiple ST6-8’s on each of the major teams. From an FY1 perspective, this place is not good. I personally didn’t work it but the work load is incredibly heavy. As an ex SHO from this hospital, would 100% recommend. Doubt the FY1’s would say the same.
General Surgery
Foundation Programme
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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Overall
4.6