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Individual Placement Description
Placement General (Internal) Medicine
Year F1
Region South-East
Hospital(s) St Johns Hospital, Livingston
Main Duties of Placement

During the 4-month rotation different shifts carry different roles and responsibilities; day shifts on the medical, care of the elderly and observation wards, admitting unselected medical patients on both day and night shifts and 1700 to 2100 hospital covering shifts.


  • Ward rounds each morning with up to date knowledge of lab results especially microbiology and ongoing patient issues.
  • Typical ward duties, discharges, clerk ins, patient reviews, venflons and bloods etc. In addition you are expected to communicate management plans and results with patients and their relatives and GPs. The Clinical Nurse Practitioners provide excellent support and advice on a practical level.
Typical Work Pattern

Ward shifts 0900-1700, or late shift 0900-2100.

Admitting shifts 0800-1800 or 1100-2200.

Night shifts 2100-0900.

Weekend shifts every 3 to 4 weeks.

Learning Opportunities

Multi-disciplinary medical unit meeting every Tuesday incorporating a monthly X–Ray meeting. FY1 teaching every Wednesday. Opportunistic learning on ward rounds by Consultants each from a different specialty, Specialist Registrars, Pharmacists etc.


As above plus mandatory FY1 teaching by SJH Wednesday lunchtime. 

Unique Selling Points

Being involved in the management of a wide range of medical conditions with the opportunity to practice new procedures under supervision. Working within a large team that works closely together.

It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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