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|Location:||Whitechapel, London, UK|
|Address:||Turner St, London, E1 2AD|
|Telephone:||020 7882 2239|
|Type:||Medical and Dental School|
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Barts and The London is relatively young, formed in 1995 from the merger of The London Hospital Medical College and St Bartholomew's Medical College both long established medical schools based in East London. It is merged with Queen Mary University of London but operates in relative isolation.
Secondary care placements are provided in the following trusts;
- Barts and The London NHS Trust
- Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Newham University Hospital NHS Trust
- Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust
- Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust
- Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
- The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
- Southend University Hospital NHSFoundation Trust
- Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
General Practice placements are provided by the following primary care trusts;
- NHS City and Hackney
- NHS Tower Hamlets
- NHS Barking and Dagenham
- NHS Newham
- NHS Redbridge
Mental health placements are provided by two mental health trusts;
- East London NHS Foundation Trust
- North East London NHS Foundation Trust
The glorious converted church with its high ceilings and beautiful architecture holds an expansive medical and dental library which has pretty much any book you need (and if they don't have it, they will get it), journals and internet access. Rigorously enforced silence means that many of the QM students come here to escape from their heinous library. Good opening hours, lots of computer access and plenty of walled off individual and group seating areas ensure that revision is made as comfortable as possible. Always warm, always well let, it is a place to escape.
The Barts Hospital library is an jewel unknown to many outside the upper years and Dawson Hall residents. It is a beautiful two tiered library in a well maintained classical style (think leather sofas and lots of polished wood) that holds a smaller core of essential textbooks. Also has extensive journal libraries and current newspapers, with seating arranged in a horseshoe around the shelves. The upper tier forms a rectangular walkway overlooking the shelves and is filled with tables for private study. The basement is open 24 hours a day and contains some computers and working areas.
Mile End Library
Not good for medics. Enough said. Noisy downstairs, nice and silent upstairs but poor selection of medical books (all have been shipped off to Whitechapel). Only useful if you want to do some PBL or something and do not have to do any real research.
IT and computing
Computer access is everywhere around Barts and the London and they are new, running XP and have a generous storage facility. There are computers in the libraries, in the student's union, in the adminstration building (mainly used for teaching microanatomy) so it shouldn't be a problem getting hold of one. Speeds are fast, webmail is a bit of a let down however.
There is a full time, paid welfare officer sabbatical position who's sole job is to look after the (often complicated) welfare issues of the Medical and Dental students. They have very close ties with the Pastoral team and Dean's team in the medical school and will petition them for things on your behalf. Free condoms in a bucket upstairs in the Union. Lots of health awareness campaigns and drives, including Barts sexual health week aka SHAG week.
There is an on-site GP and nurse practitioner for staff and students at the Mile End campus, that is associated with the local Globe Town surgery in Bethnal Green.
Mile End campus
On site shop, very expensive. Budgens-7 mins walk away, has essentials but not cheap (but not as rapey as the on site shop) Asda superstore in Leyton-Two stops away (around 4 mins) from Mile End tube. Massive Asda. Enough said. Many fried chickens shops, pizza shops and newsagents within a stone's throw.
Whitechapel- Many newsagents line whitechapel high street and the hospital/union. Likewise chicken shops and rather tasty kebab shops (e.g. Tayyebs!) Big Sainsbury's behind Whitechapel station.
Tesco Express you will pass on the way home from Barbican, there is also a Sainsbury's near Farringdon tube (8 mins walk).
And for those of you with a bit more money, there are two Waitrose supermarkets nearby - one just through the tunnel east of Barbican, and another on a side street north of the charterhouse square campus.
Onsite Barclays. Hole in the Wall x2. Budgens has free cash withdrawal.
Has a Natwest under three minutes away (you will pass it on the way home from Barbican tube, it's right next to the Tesco Express)
There is also a HSBC on the main crossroads outside of the north entrance to the Charterhouse Square campus.
Natwest by the station, Barclays opposite the Natwest.
Hole in the walls: Natwest, Barclays, Budgens, Londis and one in the Union.
Whitechapel/Mile End campus-
Halfway between Stepney Green station (District and Hammersmith and City line) and Mile End station (District, Hammersmith and City and Central line). Lots of bus stops connect you with the rest of London, quite literally. 25 bendy bus goes past from Stratford (passing your doorstep) to Oxford Circus/Holborn. 205 will also take you to Whitechapel.
Dawson: Barbican station is closest (3 mins). Farringdon station is also nearby. Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan, Circle and District lines. Central line is two stops away in Liverpool street, another two stops to Mile End (if you need to visit mates etc-takes about 20 mins). Many buses that go to North, East, South and West London pass by, the 24 hour 25 bus you will take home from the Union stops at St Pauls station, a 10 minute walk home IIRC. St Pauls station also holds the central line if you can't be bothered changing at Liverpool St.
The Union only employs student bar staff, paid at a hourly rate of 7 quid something. Very easy to get work, always looking to fill up the "bank"...shifts are held in a diary at the back of the bar.
Can also DJ, if you know how.
HCA work in the London if you are trained/get trained.
Aside from that...this is London. You should be able to find work if you look for it.
Mile End-Onsite multifaith centre. Islamic society and Christian society active. All faith groups represented one way or another. East London Baptist church next to mile end station, maybe a five minute walk away.
Whitechapel-Barts and the London Student Association (aka BLSA aka medics union) constitution prevents religious or political society affiliation. Keeps it nice and neutral. QMSU doesn't have this caveat. Prayer rooms available within the London. East London Mosque 5 mins away.
Dawson-Erm, not too sure about prayer rooms. Barts hospital will have a chapel. St Pauls cathedral is nearby-'nuff said.
Bars, pubs and clubs
The Students Association's bar is The Griffin, located behind the Royal London, it hosts regular sports nights, comedy nights and club nights.
Medical and dental students can also use QMSUs bar, the Drapers Arms, at the Mile End campus.
There are plenty of bars and niche clubs in Whitechapel, Aldgate and Mile End. The medical school is also located conveniently close to The City, the West End and the rest of London providing an unrivalled range of nightlife.