If new to Anaesthesia, you will obtain wide experience, under full supervision for the first three months, in the administering of anaesthesia. We also provide a familiarisation course in Brighton, which all new trainees are encouraged to attend. During this time you will not be on call out of hours, but will get daytime and evening exposure to emergency cases with an experienced anaesthetist as a ‘buddy’.
In addition to the normal activities of a District General Hospital we have three surgeons with a special interest in vascular surgery, a busy Maxillofacial Unit, gynaecology, urology, orthopaedics, bariatrics and general surgery.
Your out of hours duties include responsible for the care of patients in the 10 bedded Critical Care Unit (Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit) under the instruction of a Consultant. You will also carry the cardiac arrest bleep and be responsible for emergency anaesthesia under the supervision of a Specialist Registrar and a Consultant. With the Specialist Registrar you may later attend Caesarean sections, breech or difficult deliveries in the Maternity Unit.
More experienced anaesthetists will join the middle grade rota. You will be “on-call” with a junior anaesthetist and will be responsible with them for emergency anaesthesia in the theatres and accident and emergency and to advise and assist on the Critical Care Unit. You will also be responsible for provision of an anaesthetic service for patients in the Maternity Unit, under the supervision of a Consultant Anaesthetist. An epidural service is provided in the Obstetric Department both for vaginal delivery and caesarean sections.
A full shift rota is in operation and is fully EWTD compliant. The duty roster for the juniors in the Anaesthetic Department is such that no locum cover is provided for annual and study leave; members of the staff covering for their colleagues. The roster is available from the Anaesthetic Department in your induction.
This appointment is recognised for the FRCA.
There is a regular weekly tutorial, organised by the Consultants, to which all trainees attend, as well as monthly Clinical Governance days, journal club meetings, regional study days and Intensive Care training.