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Individual Placement Description
Placement General Surgery
Programme W9,W10
Year F1
Region West
Hospital(s) Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock
Main Duties of Placement

Ward-based clinical cover including elective and emergency admissions, ward rounds & dealing with acutely unwell patients. Outpatient pre-admission assessment reviews for elective admissions. GP calls when first on for surgical receiving.

Typical Work Pattern

In 4 month block, rotation through acute surgical receiving, general and elective wards.  2 weeks of first on (9-930) for surgical receiving, A&E (dealing with acute surgical admissions) and GP calls. 2 weeks of second on (8-8pm) for ward cover.  Cross cover for orthopaedics out of hours. 7 nights for H@N. 5 weekends in 4 months (including nights).

Learning Opportunities

Informal ward-based teaching including teaching of skills and procedures.

Monthly departmental Morbidity and Mortality and Audit meetings.

Friday weekly surgical meetings; F1 case-based presentation and middle grades present M&M or journal club/paper.

Weekly Tuesday and Bi-monthly Thursday F1 teaching.


Mandatory FY1 teaching programme covering the foundation programme syllabus. Bi-monthly Thursday CMT-led F1 teaching. There are hospital postgraduate meetings at least monthly.  Friday surgical teaching.

Unique Selling Points

Busy district general hospital with colorectal, upper GI, breast and urology subspecialties. Ward-based but rotate around, so a wide range of sub-specialties encountered.

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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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