Foundation Doctor’s Guide to South Thames

The South Thames Foundation School covers a large area that stretches from Frimley, on the Surrey/Hampshire border, through Ashford Hospital in West London, along with the entire South-East coast, and across South East London.

Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals are tertiary centres specialising in cancer, cardiac, kidney, women’s health, orthopaedics and is home to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. St George’s is one of the largest tertiary hospitals in the UK, is a major trauma centre and a specialist unit in stroke, neurology, renal transplant and cancer. King’s College Hospital is a specialist centre for liver transplantation, blood cell cancer and fetal medicine. Royal Sussex County Hospital, the only tertiary centre in South Thames not in London, is a major trauma and specialist cancer, cardiac, maternity & neonatal centre.

There’s a broad range of 2-year programmes available, with the majority providing one year in London or Brighton in a tertiary centre, and the other year in a smaller DGH – providing a varied clinical experience. Not all the F1 programmes are linked to an F2 – for some, this will be confirmed in October 2019.

There is a diverse mix of geography in South Thames, including miles of coastline, beautiful countryside such as the Surrey Hills, quaint market towns plus the cosmopolitan hubs of south London and Brighton. So, something for everyone! Unless you’re based in London or Brighton, a car is probably necessary.

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the South Thames 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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Croydon University Hospital, Croydon
Guy’s Hospital, City
King’s College Hospital, Camberwell
Kingston Hospital, Kingston
Princess Royal University Hospital, Bromley
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich
St Helier Hospital, Carshalton
 St George’s Hospital, Tooting
St Thomas’ Hospital, Richmond
University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham

Conquest Hospital, St. Leonards-on-Sea
Eastbourne District General Hospital
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton
St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester 
Worthing Hospital, Worthing

Ashford Hospital, Ashford 
Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford
East Surrey Hospital, Redhill 
Epsom General Hospital, Epsom 
Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley (also in Oxford)
Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
Maidstone District General Hospital, Maidstone
Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham
Princess Royal Hospital, Hayward’s Heath
Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford
St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey
Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury
William Harvey Hospital, Ashford

Quick Reviews

  • No on calls but very busy during the day. Good amount of responsibility and support. Great learning opportunities.
  • Sometimes left alone looking after specialist patients. Not a lot of variation. Heavy rotation of SHO so only you have any continuity with patients.
Top tips

Workload is manageable and good. Educational value is good.

Foundation Year 1, Cardiology Medicine – King’s College Hospital


  • Clinics and theatre time.
  • Sometimes busy on-calls if managing the wards and referrals. Treatment rooms and on-calls sometimes make booking leave harder.
Top tips

Very educational in terms of clinics and theatres if you are interested.

Foundation Year 2, ENT Surgery – Medway Maritime Hospital

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