Trainee post evaluation August 13- 'Very good post. Excellent staff team made us feel welcomed. Good opportunities for learning. Overall positive experience for gp training.'

Friarage Hospital

Paediatric acute services at the Friarage are integrated with the community services.  Doctors and nurses in the paediatric department work as a team and many have responsibility in the community as well as the hospital.  GPSTs are expected to spend time in hospital and the community, where they will gain hands on experience in baby clinics, immunisation clinics and school medicine.

There is a children’s ward to which some children under 16 are admitted.  Adjacent to the children's ward is the paediatric OPD, where in addition to general clinics there are clinics in paediatric orthopaedics, surgery, cardiology, neurology, genetics, urology and endocrinology with attending consultants from the regional centres.  Out reach children's clinics are also held in surrounding villages.

A child development centre and child and family psychiatric unit are in two large town houses near the hospital.  Regular formal and informal teaching sessions are held in the department, where it is felt that a good basic training is given in general paediatrics, without overwork or sleep deprivation to those with a good sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team.

From August 14 this post will include a two month placement at James Cook Univerity Hopsital, Middlesbrough.  This will provide excellent learning opportunities in the acute setting.  This placement will be carefully managed to avoid disruption whist ensuring learning needs are met.

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