Foundation Doctor’s Guide to West Midlands North

West Midlands North Foundation School covers the region north of Birmingham including Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent & Shrewsbury. There are 2 tertiary hospitals in the region, including Royal Stoke University Hospital (the major trauma centre in the region) and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (specialist centre for acute surgery).

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the West Midlands North 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 View

“For me, the big reason to moving back to this area was to be closer to family. However, being almost in Central England it’s a great place to be. Not only is there so much going on locally, but there are many transport links to other parts of the country.

I live in Birmingham and currently work in Wolverhampton. Living in Birmingham is great, it really is undergoing a social revolution. A new generation of bars, restaurants as well as other activities are popping up every week. One big highlight is Digbeth Dining Club! Within the deanery itself there is a lot of inter-mess socialising. We aim to hold an event together every couple of months – a great way to meet new people and have a great time!

In general I have found that I have been well supported at the hospitals I have worked at, everyone is happy to help and nobody ever feels alone.

Transport links are very good, not only are there motorway links to almost everywhere, but there is a great bus service, train service and in some areas – the tram!

West Midland’s North really is a great place to live and work!”

Navdeep Bhamra, Mess Champion, Foundation Year 2 at New Cross Hospital



Quick Reviews


  • Great registrar support.
  • Weekend covering specialties you don’t normally cover – especially ward 20B.
Top tips

Always get patients (esp paeds) checked by regs – they like to be in the know about the patients. When doing nights, work systematically through the wards to do all the jobs rather than running around over night for simple things. Try and know every patient before ward round so handover sheets can be really helpful.

Foundation Year 1, General Surgery – Manor Hospital


  • Well run rotation with excellent support. Busy but well organised medical on-calls.
  • Not a lot of departmental teaching.
Top tips

Embrace the kindness of New Cross.

Foundation Year 2, Geriatric Medicine – New Cross Hospital



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