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Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow, G51 4TF
22.2% of trainees would work here again

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Car parking is not officially available on site other than a private car park which you have to pay for. Most staff would use the visitor's multi-storey car parks. These are often manned by staff who mostly let you through but I have been stopped a few times and asked if I am a visitor.
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Bus services are very good, they are frequent and drop you off right outside the main entrance. There was no subway station particularly close by
Notes & systems
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Paper notes inconsistently filed between wards and electronic prescribing with dreadful IT facilities. Insufficient computers on many wards which frequently crash and IT systems frequently go down.
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Extremely small mess containing a microwave and a broken couch which generally has no space around lunch. Small area of atrium reserved for staff dining with insufficient chairs, meaning meals/breaks frequently have to be taken on wards.
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GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
78.00
Clinical Supervision
91.90
Clinical Supervision OOH
90.60
Workload
47.10
Supportive Environment
68.00
Rota Design
73.00
Adequate Experience
77.50
Educational Supervision
84.40
Local Teaching
63.30
Teamwork
72.60
Educational Governance
70.10
Curriculum Coverage
78.50
Feedback
74.10
Study Leave
66.30
Reporting systems
73.00
Induction
78.80
Handover
65.50
Facilities
74.10
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0.8
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Even allowing for Covid, my experience has been far from perfect. There is a clear pecking order in the units and it is clear that ACCPs are near the top. Don't even bother trying to do lines as the ACCPs will sometimes literally push you out of the way. ICU is supposed to be the place for anaesthetic trainees to learn how to do practical procedures and this clearly isn't the case on this unit. All of the menial tasks are left to the core trainee with little element of education. At times I have felt like a medical student and this is not at all how we should be treated as a professional that has chosen and fought to get a training post. It is clear this department does not value junior doctors and would rather invest in ‘more permanent’ AHPs. Pulling the ladder up is perhaps their motto. No wonder the ACCPS are so arrogant and smug. The consultants couldn’t care less about you – with some exceptions.
Intensive Care Medicine
Core Anaesthetics
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1.6
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I have resisted writing this review as there is no point but the recent parking fiasco has prompted me to reconsider. The department is very cliquey and if you’re not in with certain consultants – forget about having a good time. Colleagues have had time off for exams, sent away from lists to study, given extra training and sessions… whereas if you’re not ‘in’ you’re left to do an entire list by yourself with your consultant ‘supervising you from their office’. As another reviewer has said – forget about blocks. Ignoring the fact I was a trainee and learning, your blocks are taken by the regional fellows who make no effort to teach just aim to get their own logbook numbers up at the expense of yours. And some consultants are obsessed with a ‘block room’ – further depriving you of ESSENTIAL (curriculum) experience as a core trainee. Finally, they are obsessed with the ‘West of Scotland’ way of doing things. Even if this is different to what is done nationally. I hope I’m not back.
Anaesthetics
Core Anaesthetics
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2
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Woefully unsupported by the parent team with lightning-fast ward rounds and seniors too preoccupied with being in theatre than caring about the patients on the ward. Good camaraderie between foundation doctors and nurses on the whole though. Do not expect to get any actual orthopaedic experience as an FY on this rotation - it is all ward work.
Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
Junior (F1-CT2)
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5
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Absolutely amazing experience. Fantastic seniors. Incredibly intelligent and empathetic bunch. Great learning opportunities including for clinical skills like arterial & central lines. Got to do a few intubations/LMAs on anaesthetics week. Good to work with ACCPs & other members of the team. Really lucky to have been able to work in this department and have developed skills that will last me for the rest of my life.
Intensive Care Medicine
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
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1
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This job is overworked and under supported. It can generally be under unfriendly with very little pastoral support for juniors. I did two acute medicine placements, the out of hours shifts are dangerous for patients and impossible for juniors. I wouldn’t recommend this.
Acute Internal Medicine
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
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0.8
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Absolutely terrible experience. Unfriendly registrars and little middle grade presence when I was there. Friendly nursing staff though with some shockingly glaring exceptions. Few opportunities to train/learn. No coordination of the (sometimes 5 in a day) ward rounds and little appreciation of the workload from seniors. Toxic department.
General Surgery
Foundation Programme Year One (FY1)
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4.6
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A really good training job. There's lots of other SHO's on the rota and generally just the on-call ones (there's two) will stay on the ward freeing up every one else to attend clinics and theatres (across the different sites). In theatre the consultants are all generally really helpful and happy to teach. Managed to get good numbers for tonsillectomies and other core operations as well as getting to do the odd tracheostomy. Clinics are also really easy to access and the consultants are happy for you to see your own patients once they get to know you. They run hot weeks for the on-calls so the on-call SpR and Consultant are both completely free'd up. This means they're super easy to access when seeing new referrals and allowed for lots of opportunistic teaching. It also meant that after seeing patient's you would immediately get feedback from a consultant/SpR which was invaluable for learning and means that you quickly start to gain confidence dealing with all common (and even rarer) ENT emergencies independently. The on-call itself accepts patients from a huge area meaning you get to see the whole range of ENT emergencies and get loads of experience early on. There is also the Children's hospital which you do separate on-calls covering. They're also really supportive and happy to have trainees in their clinics and theatres. Between the children's and the QUEH you'll basically be exposed to the whole of ENT (from anterior skull base, to head and neck reconstruction to paediatric airways etc). The ward has two ENT treatment rooms both of which are fully kitted out including a stack for video laryngoscopy, rigid nasoendoscopy and diathermy allowing you to develop these skills during on-calls as well. All in all a really good training job that I'd highly recommend to anyone wanting to do ENT!
Otolaryngology
Core Surgical Training
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1.8
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This post has a well established reputation as being one of the most demanding particularly for FY1s in the hospital. This has resulted in successive cohorts being hugely overworked, regularly staying very late as well as missing breaks and teaching opportunities to keep the wards functioning. The department has been aware of these pressures for some time but has not acted until recently. Thankfully some changes to the rota and staffing are now being made and there is evidence of real improvement but it remains to be seen what the final outcome will be. I would encourage future post-holders to be vocal about any shortcomings to ensure progress is maintained and enhanced and not rolled back. The positives are that you will be exposed to a wide breadth of surgical presentations and have ample experience in dealing with unwell and deteriorating patients. Additionally senior support for unwell patients was usually forthcoming when asked for. With the right adjustments to workload pressures this has the potential to be a very beneficial placement.
General Surgery
Junior (F1-CT2)
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
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0.8
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Pure ward work with no orthopaedic teaching and experience. If there are rota gaps, NOTHING is ever done about it. This hospital refuses to bring in external locums no matter how bad the staffing is. The orthopaedic surgeons are pleasant enough by and large but will not help with issues on the ward (I can think of one exception in my 4 months here). The wards are run entirely by f1s and f2s with no further escalation point beyond the med reg, who has enough to deal with already. AVOID.
Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
Foundation Programme
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Interventional Radiology
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Chemical Pathology
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Diagnostic Neuropathology
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Cardiology
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74.17
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Obstetrics
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Old Age Psychiatry
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Emergency Medicine
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76.74
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Urology
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75.71
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Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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67.33
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Medical Oncology
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80.00
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General (internal) Medicine
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71.70
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Rehabilitation Medicine
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General Psychiatry
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Respiratory Medicine
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66.67
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Intensive Care Medicine
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88.33
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General Surgery
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62.69
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Neurosurgery
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76.79
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Otolaryngology
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86.00
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Renal Medicine
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90.36
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Rheumatology
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Clinical Oncology
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Palliative Medicine
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General Practice
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Ophthalmology
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Medical Microbiology
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95.00
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Dermatology
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93.00
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Immunology
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Neurology
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67.27
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Clinical Genetics
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Haematology
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77.86
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Acute Internal Medicine
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63.75
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Gastroenterology
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66.25
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Maternal and Fetal Medicine
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Medical Psychotherapy
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Urogynaecology
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Histopathology
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80.00
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Clinical Neurophysiology
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80.00
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Anaesthetics
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80.71
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Vascular Surgery
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Infectious Diseases
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77.00
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Paediatric Orthopaedics
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Liaison Psychiatry
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Stroke Medicine
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Spinal Surgery
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Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Medicine
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Hepatology
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Neonatal Medicine
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Paediatrics
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83.57
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Clinical Radiology
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86.11
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Geriatric Medicine
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77.71
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Psychiatry of Learning Disability
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Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology
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Forensic Pathology
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Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus
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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
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68.40
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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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General Psychiatry & Old Age Psychiatry
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