During the 6 month medical rotation you rotate with the other GPVTS SHO’s to do 2 months Stroke and 4 months General Medicine. It is a great experience working at a very busy hospital with a high throughput of patients. Patient safety is the main priority at St Thomas’ and they have very high standards for patient care.
The rota is quite strenuous during the 4 months of general medicine but this enables you to get experience seeing a wide variety of patients and be involved in their management. The stroke job is also intense but the rota is better (2 Saturday afternoon shifts in 2 months, one evening on call a week covering the elderly care unit). The stroke team are very friendly and supportive and there is a chance to appreciate the work and skills of the MDT at getting patients back into the community. You are expected to be working in the TIA clinic on a weekly basis when working in the stroke post.
It is a supportive environment - registrars and consultants are very approachable and accessible. I would definitely recommend this post. I have learnt a great deal which I am sure I will use when working in General Practice.
Weekend Duties for ECU Registrar
Medical SHO for Birns/Bhalla team (A3)
Stroke Team and Handover
List of educational opportunities available in care of the elderly