Foundation Doctor’s Guide to East Anglia

East Anglia foundation school stretches from the tip of Norfolk at King’s Lynn to the Suffolk east coast at Great Yarmouth, and south towards London around Welwyn Garden City & Stevenage. It has a nice mix of DGHs stretching from just beyond the M25 to Norfolk & Sussex, and tertiary hospitals including Addenbrooke’s (Cambridge) and Papworth (one of the biggest cardiology centres in the UK).

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the East Anglia Foundation School to help you rank your rotation programmes. Below is a snapshot of hospital ratings and reviews from the Messly community of doctors together with information about the geography of the region. Sign up to Messly to learn more – we’ve got over 40,000 junior doctor ratings for you to explore.


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Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Bedford Hospital
Hinchingbrooke Hospital
James Paget University Hospital
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Papworth Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
West Suffolk Hospital


A Doctor’s View

“I spent my F1 & F2, in a small, well supported and very friendly DGH, Bedford Hosptial. Initally I chose it so I could commute from London, only an hour éach way. But soon, I got fed up with the commute and decided to stay in Bedford. This was probably one of the best decisions I had made and I stayed with a few other foundation doctors. After exploring the surrounding area, inital pre-conceptions of Bedford Hospital were quickly forgotten about. The beautiful countryside, with lovely walks and pubs made Bedford a delightful area.

Road transport is relatively good around Bedford – close to London with the M25, M1, A1 & M11. But unfortunately in most of Norfolk & Suffolk there is a distinct lack of motorways. Trains however run throughout the region, going into Kings Cross, London.”

Toby Gould, Foundation Year 1 & 2 at Bedford Hospital


Quick Reviews

  • Manageable workload. Lots of opportunities to go to theatre, attend clinics etc… if desired. Surprising amount of learning in spite of the job.
  • Little to no supervision from consultants. Department has a lot of consultants so it’s hard to learn who’s who. Job includes being part of the general surgical on call rota which can be nightmarishly busy.
Top tips

Book leave early – rota will not allow for no F1 ward cover. Shadow the SHOs where possible.

Foundation Year 1, Urology – Addenbrooke’s Hospital


  • Very well supported (daily consultant or registrar ward rounds) and friendly role. Ward rounds are generally done as a group (consultant +/- SpR, CMTs, FY2, FY1), which may take most of the day but then jobs can be completed quite quickly between the large team. Good work-life balance, generally leave on time and long days are not too busy. You should be quite comfortable with making adjustments to insulin doses by the end of attachment.
  • N/A, was probably my favourite foundation programme job.
Top tips

Endocrinology does not really have a home ward so there are many outliers, who tend to get moved around quite regularly. It is worth going in a little early to ensure the patient list has accurate locations before ward round.

Foundation Year 2, Endocrinology – Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

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