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West Suffolk Hospital

Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QZ
33.3% of trainees would work here again

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GMC Training Survey 2021
Overall
77.60
Clinical Supervision
89.50
Clinical Supervision OOH
86.30
Workload
47.40
Supportive Environment
74.50
Rota Design
73.60
Adequate Experience
76.70
Educational Supervision
80.60
Local Teaching
65.50
Teamwork
75.70
Educational Governance
72.30
Curriculum Coverage
75.20
Feedback
71.90
Study Leave
60.00
Reporting systems
73.60
Induction
79.10
Handover
66.00
Facilities
71.90
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Overall
4.4
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I found this to be a friendly and well supported department with approachable consultants and a good number of training opportunities if you were interested. WSH is a very small hospital and so you get to know a lot of other members of staff, which makes it a very pleasant and friendly place to work. The canteen generally (and the flapjack specifically) = second to none. The rota co-ordinator was generally very helpful if approached in person, although during this job I had the misfortune to discover there is no such thing as compassionate leave in the case of bereavement. There was no formal departmental teaching but you got a good amount of on-the-job teaching. A significant amount of time is spent covering the general medical take, which is on the whole well supported with lots of feedback and opportunities to get things like ACATs signed off following nights on-call. There's an interesting mix of cases coming through, and it's nice to be able to see just the medical take (compared with, for instance, Addenbrookes', where you're just seeing unselected A&E patients half the time), because you always feel you're learning/adding something. At night there are two SHOs, one for wards and one clerking - these shifts can be very busy depending. The day time on-calls are very regular but for instance just a single day a week, which makes it hard to take leave without swaps but also makes the overall intensity very tolerable. Post-nights the rota has a very short 'return to days', which can be exhausting. The only real issue I found when I was here was difficulty getting to clinic - there was zero official time scheduled for this, and whilst you're very welcome in the clinics, it can be very hard to leave the ward at times. When this was raised as an issue, the lead for CMT at the hospital suggested coming in on zero days as the obvious 'solution'... which I think really tells you all you need to know!
Respiratory Medicine
Internal Medicine Training
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Overall
1.6
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Busy rotation, especially nights and on calls Not much rest time when moving from nights to days Not many formal teaching opportunities Inflexible rota Induction to gen med very lacking. Did not feel prepared to work on the wards and often had no idea how things were done here/ how to order specific tests/ interventions. Nowhere to buy food at nights. Vending machines often broken Quite a poor show really. Glad to have left.
General (internal) Medicine
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0.2
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This hospital sells itself as being doctor friendly. I have mixed feelings on this. One positive is that the hospital utilises technology very well. Everything is digital. You will use your own phone as a bleep through medicbleep, but be aware that this can sometimes randomly stop working without warning. You may also get bleeped when you’re not at work even if you click “unavailable”. Some negative points that I noticed: -there are no designated office spaces for doctors to work. There are computers on the ward but this means you’re regularly interrupted and never seem to get anything finished - it’s a hassle taking leave due to the frequency of on call shifts, 1 every 1-2 weeks, which you must find a swap for in order for your leave to be granted - it is even more of a hassle getting approved for study leave. I gave up in the end - sketchy departmental teaching and variable ability to leave for your training programme’s scheduled teaching if you are on call - bizarre issue at the end of the clinical gov meetings ( may be specific to the dept I was in) when only the doctors are asked to leave the room so that the rest of the team can raise any “concerns” about them behind their backs. This does not happen to any other clinical group on the team and its demeaning. It should apply to all staff groups or none. This never happened at any other hospital I worked at. Whilst the majority of staff are friendly, expect to encounter a few rude lab people who, bizarrely, seemed to get agitated when you didn’t know the hospital-specific way to order a test because you were never told how it’s done in this trust. Indeed, It seemed that you were expected to know how things are done by osmosis and by virtue of your medical training seemingly endowing you with all knowledge ever written. Also: EVERY CT/MRI/ ultrasound/ endoscopy has to be physically discussed with a radiologist, who may or may not agree resulting in a further scintillating game of you acting as a message boy between consultant who wants the scan and radiologist who says no. Because you have nothing better to do. Also you sometimes have to justify asking for an X-ray out of hours with a radiographer? Bizarre Other than all that it’s ok ✅ Good luck!
Acute Internal Medicine
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Departments (37)

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Public Health Medicine
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Cardiology
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Obstetrics
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Old Age Psychiatry
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Emergency Medicine
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79.64
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Urology
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91.67
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Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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78.57
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Medical Oncology
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General (internal) Medicine
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65.45
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General Psychiatry
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Respiratory Medicine
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76.67
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Intensive Care Medicine
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79.17
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General Surgery
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69.00
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Otolaryngology
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86.67
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Rheumatology
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Palliative Medicine
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General Practice
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Ophthalmology
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95.00
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Haematology
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86.67
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Acute Internal Medicine
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n/a
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Gastroenterology
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77.50
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Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine
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Histopathology
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Anaesthetics
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84.29
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Paediatric Orthopaedics
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Stroke Medicine
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Paediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology
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Hepatology
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Neonatal Medicine
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Paediatrics
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86.82
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Clinical Radiology
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Geriatric Medicine
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52.50
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Community Child Health
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Community Sexual & Reproductive Health
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Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus
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Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
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58.57
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General Psychiatry & Old Age Psychiatry
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Training Programmes (22)

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Health Education England East of England
Acute Care Common Stem
GMC Training Survey 2021
72.95
Health Education England East of England
Otolaryngology
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n/a
Health Education England East of England
Ophthalmology
GMC Training Survey 2021
81.11
Health Education England East of England
Rheumatology
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86.67
Health Education England East of England
Anaesthetics
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78.97
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Core Surgical Training
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n/a
Health Education England East of England
Paediatrics
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78.61
Health Education England East of England
Geriatric Medicine
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76.56
Health Education England East of England
General Surgery
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70.32
Health Education England East of England
Gastroenterology
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70.83
Health Education England East of England
Haematology
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75.63
Health Education England East of England
Palliative Medicine
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n/a
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Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
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82.70
Health Education England East of England
Cardiology
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80.87
Health Education England East of England
Respiratory Medicine
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80.34
Health Education England East of England
Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
GMC Training Survey 2021
61.28
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Internal Medicine Training
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73.75
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Foundation Programme
GMC Training Survey 2021
73.25
Health Education England East of England
Emergency Medicine
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75.94
Health Education England East of England
Urology
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73.33
Health Education England East of England
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
GMC Training Survey 2021
77.68
Bury St Edmunds Programme
GP Training
GMC Training Survey 2021
78.90