Any info about hospitals in the Leicester area from current students please!

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  1. Becks123

    Becks123 New Member

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    Hi everyone

    I was hoping for a bit of information about the hospitals particularly those in Leicester, Kettering and Northampton from any current students please.

    I have been allocated to the LNR deanery for F1 jobs but I'm new to the area so would be really great to have some inside information about the good and not so good aspects of the hospitals

    Thanks
    Becks
     
  2. kenshin

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    Hi Becks,

    Congratulations on getting LNR! You won't regret it! ;)

    Leicester - There are 3 hospitals (Royal infirmary, Glenfield, and General). All are great (though I personally don't like General 'coz it's a bit old)! Each hospital specialises in different areas; Glenfield well-known for its cardiorespi, General urology stuff+renal+psych, and Royal does the rest. All doctors and staff are super-friendly. Maybe the only criticism is about food service which I feel rubbish in all three hospitals (but again I'm very critical about food, maybe you'll be just fine ;)) Oh car parking is a bit expensive too. You can use Hospital Hopper to get around these 3 hospitals for free. So no issues there.

    Kettering - A bit old and small but still great! I did specialty stuff in Kettering, so I can't comment much about the wards bit. The teachings that I get is great, and food is slightly better than Leicester lol. The hospital has a long corridor, so need to do a bit of walking/running if 2222. Haven't been to its town ( I guess it's quite far), but the hospital itself is not far from Morrisons if you want to buy stuff.

    Northampton - Pretty much like Royal, but it has a very very very long corridor. I did orthopaedics and rheumatology here and had a great time. Teachings available every week for students and doctors. Doctors' mess is superb!! There is gym and sports facilities next to the accommodation, so you have things to do in case you get bored :)

    Apologize for my rubbish talk. Lol. I don't know what else I can tell you. Feel free to ask. :)
     
  3. Becks123

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    Thanks so much

    Thanks so much for your lovely reply. I am excited to be coming to LNR I just wish I hadn't got to rank all these jobs its very tricky.
    Do you by any chance know which hospitals and specialities are most competitive within the deanery eg where do most people want to go?
    Which hospital do you rate best for teaching, experience and general friendliness? (I know thats really difficult to answer as it is a personal thing)
    The main speciality I want to try to include in my foundation rotations is haematology or oncology I think. From past experience I sort of preferred DGHs to massive inner city teaching hospitals on the whole because I have always found that it is usually more friendly in DGHs and it isn't quite so anonymous but in LNR generally most people spend a year in both and you seem to speak quite highly of the Leicester hospitals so I was thinking about going for one of the rotations with Leicester for 2 years any thoughts?
    I dont really know what I am going to do about accommodation have you any ideas for me eg is the hospital accommodation nice or any nice areas in leicester to live whcih are easy to get to all hospitals?

    Thanks again
    Becks
     
  4. kenshin

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    Well, I can't comment on how competitive the hospital or speciality is 'coz I'm not really sure myself. I think it depends on your preference and what other people would choose which would vary every year. But most people who get LNR are from Leicester med school and they usually prefer to be in Leicester as they are used to the system. So I guess you'll probably find that Leicester's jobs are more competitive.

    I spend most of my rotations in Royal Infirmary so I would say it's the best amongst Leicester hospitals (of course I'm bias). I did SSC in haematology and I think it's a great experience. But there are 4 teams in haematology, so if you're attached to lymphoma team you wont get that many chances managing myeloma patients for instance. That's the downside of it. But I still think it would be a great job if you get it. I had bad experience with a mean oncology sister so I don't like oncology. Lol. I think the friendliness is generally great in Leicester, Kettering and Northampton. Can't say which is better. As a student, DGH staff may be a bit more nicer coz they don't see many of us like in Leicester, so they get less bored dealing with med students trying to get sign-offs etc. Lol :D

    I would prefer spending 2 years in Leicester coz I know the system well. That way I don't have to relearn all the different new forms in DGH, finding myself lost not knowing where to go etc. Lol. But again it depends on your personality, what type of environment you like and of course availability of jobs.

    Kettering and Northampton have very nice on-site accommodations. I'm not sure about Leicester coz I'm not aware of any specific doctor's site. Most FYs that I know stay in Walnut Street residency (private halls) which is just 2 mins walk to LRI. It's the cheapest in town and very convenient. There are other private accommodations in town which are more expensive. But I'm sure you can afford it *wink*. You can get the hospital hopper to go to other hospital sites for free. So not an issue where you stay really.

    Good luck ranking your jobs. I would recommend Leicester's respi, vascular surgery and paeds (but only if you like them). :D
     
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    Hi Becks, If you didn't want to stay in hospital accommodation then the area around Victoria Park and Queens Road are really nice. Lots of docs and students live there. I absolutely love it - has a lovely feel and is only a short walk to hospital, town and train station oh, and also the hopper which runs down London road.

    I'm doing my first year in Kettering as a lot of the feedback I have received was that you feel like a bigger cog in a smaller engine and get fantastic exposure and opportunities to get stuck in. The teaching that is on offer also sounds great. You can commute from Leicester to Kettering - drive 40 min door to door or train takes 20 min or so with a short walk in Kettering. There are a fair few of us planning on car sharing... so if you need a lift! I think if you went to Northampton you would prob have to live there as about an hour drive from Leicester and no direct trains. Though Northampton hospital is great. Glenfield is a lovely place to work and the Royal is a beast (i.e. massive). On the whole Leicester is actually a really nice place to live (I come from Brighton, worked at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge for 3 years and did my first degree in Sheffield so have some idea... I think) Leicestershire is also a beautiful county. The city has great shops, great parks and the area near Victoria Park a lovely relaxed upmarket feel with nice cafes, bars and restaurants. It also has fantatic links to London by train (68 min). Any questions feel free to ask away. All the best.
     
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    Hello there.

    I'm a 4th Year currently looking at Foundation Schools for my application later this year. I was wondering if any of you know if you have to spend a year in Leicester or whether you can spend both years in Kettering/Northampton? I ask because I'm looking to move in with my boyfriend who has a house on the Northamptonshire/Cambridgeshire border - the commute to Northampton/Kettering wouldn't be too bad but it would be well over an hour to Leicester (he can't move either)!

    Thanks, S. :)
     
  7. thepriceofreality

    thepriceofreality New Member

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    most people apply for leicester for both years.

    I would try to avoid medicine at LRI during your FY2 year as you have to ward cover and it is likely to induce a nervous breakdown :)

    other people have already mentioned bits n bobs on accommodation - another area to consider would be freemen's meadow which is just behind the LRI.
     

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