Foundation Doctor’s Guide to Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH)
Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Foundation School is new to 2017 – previously it was combined with East Anglia. EBH school stretches east from Luton & Watford to Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon & Southend-on-Sea (a gorgeous sea-side town). All within commutable distance from North London, with superb train links & motorway services too. In these hospitals there is generally a good mix of doctors that live nearby as well as those that commute in, providing a nice community in the towns. For those looking for a further mix of specialty exposure and research, the main tertiary centres in this region are Southend University Hospital (centre for uro-oncology and gynae-oncology surgery and stroke care) and Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital (centre for cardio-thoracic surgery).
Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 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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Basildon University Hospital
Colchester General Hospital
Luton & Dunstable Hospital
Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Watford General Hospital
- All doctors get experience in minors, majors, resus and paeds ED so it is a great rotation for learning. Supportive team. Lots of opportunities to pick up locum shifts for good rates.
- Very busy department. Several specialties are not covered on site so patients have to be referred to other trusts which can be time consuming. Rota has a lot of nights and weekends.
Good DGH experience but be aware all major trauma goes to SMH in London.
- Some good consultants, theatre time if you showed interest.
- Rota gaps, lack of senior cover in places like DAU, EPU is very busy.
Plan out weekly rota with a coordinator who is usually an ST2. Do not hesitate about calling consultants if you can’t get hold of a reg or you need to escalate something.
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