(Original post by hslakaal)
Less than a year now eh? glhf!
Anyone willing to tell me any good/bad hospitals in your region? Trying to whittle down FPAS choices, and I don't really have any ties except London (and realistically, probs won't get it cuz mediocre decile w/o degree) mucho gracias
I'm in the Manchester side of North West deanery. Here the 'big city' hospitals that tend to draw people in because they're big and flashy are the Manchester Royal (MRI), Wythenshawe and Salford, plus the specialist hospitals the Royal Manchester Children's, St Mary's (maternal/foetal), and the Eye Hospital. I'm based at MRI so obvs am most familiar with that one. They've all p much got that large teaching hospital feel to them in terms of being very busy, fairly anonymous, small fish big pond etc. I know a fair number of people who wanted to end up at Salford for neuro or Wythenshawe for cardio but honestly they're so hyper specialised that I'm not sure how much general (i.e. useful) neuro/cardio people end up doing. Personally I've always found Salford particularly cold/unwelcoming however that's probably influenced by the tendency for the education centre staff to not be the nicest/politest, particularly towards students who are not based at Salford, so perhaps not something you'd feel as a doctor. Another thing to note is that the typical FPAS scores that have been required to end up at these hospitals has been rivalling London scores in recent years.
The DGHs (i.e. North Manchester, Oldham, Tameside, Trafford, plus a bunch that I haven't been to) are a very mixed bag. Some of them are fab, the junior doctors seem happy and keen and enthusiastic, the facilities are great and in general the working environment is a nice one to be in. Others are really quite bad, old and crumbling, the juniors seem to look forward to leaving/to their next jobs, not many facilities, not a whole lot going on. But for the most part I think that always tends to happen with DGHs, there's always good ones and bad ones. Plus it's probably something you'd have better luck talking to the juniors in the deanery about as so much of a med students opinions of hospitals are influenced by our experiences of the specific placements we had at each one (i.e. I dislike Trafford general a lot, but I also had two horrible placements there in geriatrics and ortho so maybe if I was on a better ward I wouldn't hate Trafford as much?)
so far my favourite manchester hospitals have been St Mary's, the Children's, and Tameside.
Ive also been to Nobles, the DGH on the Isle of Man, although I believe you have to work in the Merseyside/Liverpool side of the North West to rotate onto the IoM. I have to say, it was awesome - the juniors all seemed so happy to be there, there were so many teaching opportunities, the hospital is great, the island is so beautiful. I would work there myself if I could just come out for that rotation and not have to stay in the north west 😂