Foundation Doctor's Guide to Wales
Wales has just over 300 posts, of which 270 applicants chose it as their first preference. With the most towns & cities in Wales on or very near the coast, it’s difficult not to escape the sea. For the rural life, there is a mix of district general hospitals scattered across the north of Wales around Snowdonia National Park. For a keen hiker and explorer, there’s nothing better than climbing the peak of Snowdon, or you can cheat and take the train up to the top of the highest peak in Wales. In the South, the Brecon Beacons is a great national park with gorgeous walks.
The two tertiary hospitals in Wales are located in the south – University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is a large 1000-bed hospital, with the 3rd largest A&E in the UK and a state-of-the-art transplant unit. Another teaching hospital is Morriston Hospital, in Swansea – it is the major trauma centre for the south of Wales and the centre for Burns & Plastic surgery in the country.
In the South of Wales, around Swansea, Newport & Cardiff, the transport links are superb with the M4 running from Swansea all the way into West London via Bristol. Trains run all across Wales, mainly going into Cardiff, and there’s a fast train from Cardiff to London that is just under 2 hours.
Foundation School Statistics
2020 F1 Places: 333
2020 F1 Applicants: 249 (12 Academic Foundation posts)
2020 Competition Ratio: 0.75
2019 Competition Ratio: 0.79
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o Bronglais General Hospital, Aberystwyth (small DGH with 170 beds)
o Glan Gwili (West) General Hospital,Camarthen (the largest acute DGH in Wales with 346 beds)
o Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan (large DGH with 551 beds)
o Llandough Hospital, Cardiff
o Morriston Hospital, Swansea (large DGH with specialist services and >850 beds)
o Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Port Talbot (DGH with 270 beds)
o Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny (a DGH with 422 beds)
o Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ynysmaerdy, Nr Llantrisant (DGH with 570 beds)
o Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport (a DGH with 774 beds)
o Singleton Hospital, Swansea (large general hospital with ~600 beds)
o Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil (DGH with 430 beds)
o Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli (DGH with 220 beds)
o Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend (DGH)
o University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff (a large teaching hospital)
o Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest (small DGH with 311 beds)
o Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham (medium-sized DGH with 779 beds)
o Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor (a DGH with over 550 beds)
o Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital, Caerphilly ( a local General Hospital with 269 beds)
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