Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Brief description of Department:
The maternity unit houses the 8 bedded labour ward and has a delivery rate of 2550 per annum. There is a dedicated Theatre Suite within the labour ward and also facilities for water births. A 24 hour epidural service is available and a Consultant Anaesthetist is available for all day time sessions. There is a well-equipped antenatal clinic with two ultrasound rooms and a Day Assessment Unit. There is one obstetric ward with a Special Care Baby Unit. Team midwifery based in the community is well established and approximately 11% of the deliveries are out of hospital births.
The Maternity Unit also houses the Gynaecology clinic which has facilities for colposcopy and minimal invasive surgery. There is a separate fully equipped urodynamic unit.
The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Directorate has a 14 bedded Women’s Health ward which includes breast surgery. This ward accommodates major inpatient surgery whilst there is an independent unit for Day Surgery.
Curriculum Coverage Opportunities in this Post
Top Tips From Fellow Trainees
- Read the computer guidance
- Due to a previous maternal death incident, be cautious with giving advice in regard to obstetric conditions. No problem with medical conditions in patients who happen to be pregnant
- Chlamydia swabs hidden in the ED store cupboard (top left as you go in). You can also get them from the gynae clinic
- Be aware that patients with chronic pain can find stopping cyclizine and morphine difficult to stop once started.
- Trust your own judgement if you are asked to sign things off by the Midwifery team in Day Assessment unit.
- Make an O&G bag you can carry with you. Items to include: chlamydia swabs/ light source/ gel/ 3x sizes of specula from the laour ward.
- Mr Hindley DSU list on Thursday starts early: be changed and ready to go at 8/8:15.
- Try to do audit on this block as the rota is generous with time. Thurs pm has time set aside for audit and teaching every week.