The GP training programme at St Peter’s Hospital is absolutely horrendous and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
You are used as an SHO rota filler for most of your training with no thought about your needs as a future GP (GP trainees get put on things like T&O and Colorectal Surgery).
The teaching is absolutely minimal (one morning a month) and not particularly geared towards your training needs. Any protestations made are met with the excuse ‘you are adult learners and should be learning from patients’ or that they just can’t do anything about it. Most departments won’t offer departmental teaching either.
Also be aware that, apart from one ITP rotation for 4 months, your ENTIRE ST1 and ST2 is in the hospital with NO contact with a GP practice. This means you have very little GP experience before taking your exams (in the case of AKT, there are people who sit it without ever having worked in a GP practice).
I don’t find the hospital particularly friendly. There is also no Drs Mess - just a very small ‘staff room’ used by any member of staff and that recently had a mouse in residence.
On call surgical SHO shifts are absolutely miserable- the worst shifts I’ve ever done. You are holding the referral bleep and manning SAU, and at night you are also covering the surgical wards. All at the same time. The referral bleep never stops going off from start to finish (as in you could get up to 50 referrals from GP/ED/UTC in one on call shift).
On call medical SHO nights are also awful as you are the only doctor covering every single adult medical ward in the whole hospital. This means you spend 13 hours running around the hospital with nurses getting angry with you because you’re somehow expected to be in five places all at the same time.
St Peter's Hospital
Did T&O, O&G and A&E. T&O was the worst, no theatre experience, basically a ward monkey. O&G Obstetrics was very well supported, gynaecology is not great but getting better. A&E had an excellent team.