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Individual Placement Description
Placement Geriatric Medicine: Acute Stroke
Year F1
Region South-East
Hospital(s) Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Main Duties of Placement

FY1 rotates between the Acute Stroke Unit and one Medicine of the Elderly Ward.  FY1 is part of the clinical team providing assessment and management of elderly patients, and ‘all age’ stroke patients, admitted directly from the Acute Receiving Unit. FY1 participates in regular Consultant ward rounds, daily board rounds and weekly multidisciplinary team meetings. Evening and weekend shifts are as part of an evening on-call team and are based within the unit providing ward cover as first on call.

Typical Work Pattern

Basic day shift is 0900-1700.

Out of Hours shifts include: Long weekdays 0845-2115; Evening shifts 1630-2115; Weekend shifts 0845-2115. All are full shift pattern. 

Rota is banded at 2B.

Learning Opportunities

Regular Consultant Ward rounds (4 per week) provide good ward-based teaching as do the weekly MDTMs. The FY1 is exposed to ongoing stroke trials & thrombolysis.  FY1 presents a case at the weekly tutorial and participates in audit/SPSP.  


Hospital-based teaching includes weekly grand rounds and weekly FY1 teaching programme. Unit MOE teaching includes weekly X-Ray meeting, weekly tutorial programme. The unit has a quarterly Morbidity and Mortality meeting and Quarterly Audit meeting which the FY1 attends.

Unique Selling Points

Very regular interaction with Consultants, with an emphasis on supportive team working. Involvement in audit/SPSP programme. Trainees feedback that they feel well supported and value the teaching provided.

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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