Foundation Doctor's Guide to North Central and East Thames
North Central and East Thames Foundation School was formed in 2018 from the merger of North Central Thames and North East Thames. It covers inner-city boroughs and stretches north to Barnet and east to Romford — all within the limits of the M25. The large teaching hospitals are the Royal Free Hospital (specialist hepatology, renal and haematology), University College London Hospital, The Royal London Hospital (a major trauma centre) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital (specialist cancer services).
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- Barnet Hospital
- Chase Farm Hospital
- Homerton University Hospital
- King George Hospital
- Mile End Hospital
- Newham General Hospital
- North Middlesex Hospital
- Queen’s Hospital
- Royal Free Hospital
- St Bartholomew’s Hospital
- The Royal London Hospital
- The Whittington Hospital
- University College Hospital
- Whipps Cross University Hospital
A Doctor’s View
“I chose this deanery because I wanted to live in London for both years and enjoy all the cosmopolitan benefits it has to offer. Most programmes give you a year in a smaller, peripheral DGH and one year in a large teaching hospital. I did my FY1 year at North Middlesex hospital in Tottenham which I really enjoyed – it was a friendly place to work, with generally good support from seniors and a mix of both general and interesting cases, due to the diverse patient demographics of the local area. Socially, we were fairly close-knit – which isn’t always a given doing your FY1 year in London, due to the disparate nature of where everyone is living.
The Royal Free is much larger, has a long list of subspecialties and a lot of ongoing cutting-edge research.. From my experience, everyone works pretty hard, but there is good clinical supervision and lots of opportunities to get involved in audits/projects etc.
London’s public transport is good enough that you could commute to most hospitals from a single base – good for if you don’t want to move home halfway through the programme. I based myself in Hackney which is a really fun place to live, and has good transport links to most of the hospitals.”
Emily Taylor, Foundation Year 2 at Royal Free Hospital
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