Foundation Doctor’s Guide to Severn

Severn Foundation School is focused around Bristol, but stretches south towards Yeovil & Taunton and east towards Bath & Swindon.

It is home to many highly specialist centres such as major trauma, paediatrics, cardiothoracics and neurosurgery. These include Southmead Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

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.


Click on the hospital to see indepth reviews & GMC ratings on it’s specialties.

A Doctor’s Experience

“For me, the Severn Deanery is an exciting mix of vibrant city life, historic towns and beautiful coast and countryside. We take trips hiking in Wales, surfing in Cornwall, and walking/pubbing in the Cotswolds. On other days, we visit events like the Bath Christmas market, rugby matches in Cardiff and the Cheltenham races.

I’m living in Bristol and currently commuting to Weston General Hospital. Bristol is the perfect sized city to feel at home and still have enough pubs, bars and cafes to try somewhere new each time. The city has distinct regions offering a mixture of culture, sport, music and history. I love it.

Bristol’s hospitals have a great reputation for learning and experience. Every job has been supportive and social. They have strong links to Bristol University and offer good opportunities in education and academia. Severn in general is also great at encouraging taster experiences at work.”

Bethany Brockbank, FY2 at Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare


Quick Reviews


  • Very well supervised, all seniors very keen to teach. Very good opportunity to get core procedures signed off, and easy to get case based discussions and mini-CEX’s signed too.
  • Cases are very complex, so can be difficult to understand exactly what is going on with their care. Supernumary role meaning that opportunities have to be actively pursued, otherwise can get a bit boring.
Top tips

Make the most of this rotation, it is much better supported than other placements, so it’s the best place to learn and try new things. Take any opportunity to follow regs and SHOs around, especially if they go to crash calls.

Foundation Year 1, Critical Care – Bristol Royal Infirmary


  • Most of the time a senior doctor on the ward.
  • Heavy workload and a lot of responsibility and often unsupervised which is difficult as an FY1.
Top tips

Don’t be afraid to call the consultants on their mobiles if you need help.

Foundation Year 1, Respiratory Medicine – Yeovil District Hospital

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