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Medic's Guide to Work and Electives Around the World - Electives, hospitals, medical schools, medicine, nursing, travel, work,  NGOs, voluntary work, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Mark Wilson
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Population: 58 million
Language: English
Capital: London
Currency: Pound
Int Code: +44 

Full details of how to arrange work in the UK for all types of medical professionals is available from the Department of Health's website: www.doh.gov.uk/international-recruitment

Useful Addresses:

The Department of Health: Richmond House, 79 Whitehall London SW1A 2NS Tel: +44 207 210 4850 www.doh.gov.uk 

Professional Organisations:

For Doctors:
British Medical Association BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LP Tel: 020 7383 6177 Fax: 020 7383 6220. www.bma.org.uk 
General Medical Council: 44 Hallam Street, London W1N 6AE Tel: 7580 7642 Fax: 7915 3641 www.gmc-uk.org
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ Tel: 0131 225 7324 Fax: 0131 225 2053 www.rcpe.ac.uk 
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicholson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW Tel: 0131 527 1600 Fax: 0131 557 646 www.rcsed.ac.uk 
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RJ Tel: 0141 221 6072 Fax: 0141 248 3414 www.rcpsglasg.ac.uk 
Royal College of Physicians of London, 11 St Andrew Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE Tel: 020 7935 1174 Fax: 020 7486 4514 www.rcplondon.ac.uk 
Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35/43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PN
Tel: 020 7405 3474 Fax: 020 7973 2179 www.rcseng.ac.uk 

Royal College of Anaesthetists, 48049 Russell Square, London WC1B 4JY www.rcoa.ac.uk 
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regents Park, London NW1 4RG Tel: 020 7772 6263 Fax: 020 7772 6359 www.rcog.org.uk
Royal College of Ophthalmologists: 17 Cornwall terrace, Regents Park, Lonson NW1 4QW Tel: 020 7935 0702 Fax: 020 7935 9838 www.rcophth.ac.uk
Royal College of Pathologists: 2 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AF Tel: 020 7930 5863 Fax: 020 7321 0523 www.rcpath.org 
Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PG Tel: 020 7235 2351 Fax: 020 7245 1231 www.rcpsych.ac.uk 
Royal College of Radiologists, 38 Portland Place, London W1N 4JQ Tel: 020 7636 4432 Fax: 020 7323 3100 www.rcr.ac.uk 
Northern Ireland Council for Postgraduate Medical Education, 5 Annadale Avenue, Belfast BT7 3JH Tel: 01232 491731 Fax: 01232 642279.

For Nurses:
Royal College of Nursing: 20 Cavendish Square, London W1M 0AB Tel: 020 7409 3333 Fax: 020 7355 1379 www.rcn.org 

For Dentists:
British Dental Association, 64 Wimploe Street, London W1M 8AL Tel: 020 7935 0875 fax: 020 7487 5232 www.bda-dentistry.org.uk
General Dental Council: 37 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8DQ Tel: 020 7887 3800 Fax: 020 7224 3294 www.gdc-uk.org

For Speech and Language Therapists:
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
: 2/3 White Hart Yard, London SE1 1NX Tel: 020 7378 1200 Fax: 020 7403 7254 www.rcslt.org 

For Physiotherapists:
Charted Society of Physiotherapy
, 14 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4ED Tel: 020 7306 6666 fax: 020 7306 6611

For Occupational Therapists:
British Association of Occupational Therapists: 6-8 Marchasea Road, London SE1 1HL Tel: 020 7357 6480 fax: 020 7378 1353

Royal College of Midwives: 15 Mansfield Street, London W1M 0BE Tel: 020 7312 3535 Fax: 020 7312 3536 www.rcm.org.uk 

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 1 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 1NX Tel: 020 7735 9141 Fax: 020 7735 7629 www.rpsgb.org.uk

Society of Radiographers, 2 Carriage Row, 183 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BU Tel: 020 7391 4500 Fax: 020 7391 4504


Birmingham University Medical School, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK Tel: 0121 414 3344  Fax: 0121 414036 www.bham.ac.uk The University and medical school are about 6 miles from the centre of Birmingham. Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Edgbaston Tel: 0121 472 1311) is the main teaching hospital although others, both in and around Birmingham, are also used. These include Birmingham Women’s/Maternity Hospital (Edgbaston Tel: 0121 472 1377), The City Hospital (Dudley Rd, B18 Tel: 0121 554 3801), Children’s Hospital (Steelhouse Lane, B4 Tel: 0121 333 9999) and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (The Woodlands, Bristol Rd Tel: 0121 685 4000). There is not a great deal to do in the centre (shops, a few theatres), but around the hospital there is a good young social life. Outside you can explore the Midlands. Electives can be arranged in any department. There is an administration charge of £100. Some hospitals provide free accommodation, others charge around £35/week.

Bristol University Medical School, Clinical Dean’s Office, Dolphin House, BRI, Bristol BS2 8HW Tel: 0117 928 8333 Fax: 0117 934 9854 www.bris.ac.uk Bristol is a fairly compact town and the medical school and its hospitals have some pioneering departments. The main teaching hospital is the Bristol Royal Infirmary (Marlborough St BS2 Tel: 0117 923 0000), but there are a couple of others (including Bristol General, Guinea St BS3 Tel: 0117 926 5001) in the city and many DGHs outside that are also used. Electives can be arranged in most subjects depending on availability (the school has to see if any consultants are able to take you). There are no elective fees and accommodation is provided free. This is a popular elective destination. Apply at least a year in advance.

University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK Tel: 01223 336700 Fax: 01223 336709 www.cam.ac.uk. Addenbrooke’s Hospital (address as above Tel: 01223 245151) reflects this being a large (900-bed), well-run hospital with nearly all specialities provided on site. It is particularly known for its liver and kidney transplant services, but other specialities, including paediatrics, are also very highly regarded. Cardiothoracic surgery is done at Papworth Hospital (Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire Tel: 01480 830541) about 30 minutes away by car. The town itself (two miles from the hospital) is very much a university town. There’s an excellent college social life, so get involved with the local students. Other hospitals include: Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon Tel: 01480 416416, West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds Tel: 01284 713000. Electives can be arranged in most subjects. There is a £150 administration charge and accommodation can be provided on the Addenbrooke’s hospital site for £25/week. 

Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter and Plymouth, Tamar Science Park Davy Road Plymouth PL6 8BX Tel: 01752 764261 fax: 01752 764226 www.pms.ac.uk This is the new Medical school for the South West of England, a beautiful area with a great deal to offer. Hospitals used include those run by: Plymouth, Royal Devon and Exeter, North and South Devon NHS Trusts. 

Keele University, School of Medicine, 60 The Covert, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG Tel:01782 583937 Fax: 01782 583903 www.keele.ac.uk  This is a new medical School which has only just started taking students for the full five years. Check their website for futher details.

Leeds University School of Medicine, Worsley Medical and Dental Building, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK Tel: 0113 233 4361 Fax: 0113 233 4373 www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/home.html Leeds is a hilly city in the north of England. The main hospital, St James’ University Hospital (Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF Tel: 0113 243 3144) has been famed through the long-running TV series ‘Jimmy’s’. This has every speciality under the sun. The other main hospital is Leeds General Infirmary (Great George St LS1 Tel: 0113 243 2799). The University of Leeds will only permit visiting students between June and October and attachments outside this will not be considered. They will, however, try to provide hospital accommodation free of charge. A £50 non-refundable fee is charged to cover the cost of a blood test on arrival to ensure Hep B status. Applications should be made six months in advance and no later than February. The minimum stay is four weeks, maximum is 10.

Leicester University Medical School, Morris Shock Building, PO Box 138 Leicester, UK Tel: 0116 252 2295 or 2969 fax: 0116 252 3013 www.lwmc.ac.uk This is one of the UK’s youngest medical schools situated just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Its main hospital is Leicester Royal Infirmary (Infirmary Close, Leicester LE1 5WW Tel: 0116 254 1414 www.lri.org.uk), but others used include Leicester General (Gwendolen Rd, Leicester Tel: 0116 249 0490), the Glenfield (Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QP Tel: 0116 287 1471) and a number of DGHs. Leicester itself is a fairly small town but has plenty of pubs and restaurants. Electives can be done in most subjects. There is no elective charge and accommodation is provided free. 

The University of Liverpool, The Faculty of Medicine, 1st Floor, Duncan Building, Daulby Street, Liverpool L69 3GA Tel: 0151 706 2000/4263 Fax: 0151 709 2601/5667 www.liv.ac.uk The medical school is very large with nearly 1000 students. It is part of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (Prescot St Tel: 0151 706 2000). This hospital offers most specialities and has a very busy A&E (possibly the largest in Europe). There are a number of specialist hospitals within Liverpool. The Broadgreen (Thomas Dr, L14 Tel: 0151 282 6000) and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (Eaton Rd, Liverpool L12 2AP Tel: 0151 228 4811) are in the suburbs. Specialist hospitals include The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Pembroke Place L3 Tel: 0151 708 9393), Liverpool Women’s Hospital (Crown St, L8 Tel 0151 708 9988) and the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Rice Lane L9 Tel: 0151 525 3611). The Alder Hey is a very large paediatric hospital with 25 wards catering for everything from medicine and surgery to intensive care, psychiatry and A&E. There are many specialized clinics.


Royal Free and University College Medical School, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK www.ucl.ac.uk Tel: 020 7679 2000 Gax: 020 7383 2462 (Or on the Royal Free site: Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF Tel: 020 7830 2686 Fax: 020 7435 4359) In the early 1990s UCH Medical School merged with the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. In the last couple of years, the Royal Free has also been engulfed. The new medical school is based in the heart of the London’s West End, near Oxford Street. It is now huge using smaller hospitals such as the Whittington, many specialist hospitals such as Great Ormond Street and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as its original teaching hospitals. Because of the merger, the situation regarding electives is currently a bit up in the air. Apply to one of the above addresses. If you have no luck, write directly to one of the hospitals. Hospitals affiliated include: 

University College Hospital, Grafton Way, London WC1E 6AU, UK Tel: 020 7387 9300.

The Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, London W1N 8AA, UK Tel: 020 7636 8333.

The Royal Free Hospital, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF, UK Tel: 020 7794 1876 Fax: 020 7435 5803.

The Obstetric Hospital, Huntley Street, London WC1E 6AU, UK Tel: 020 7387 9300.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH, UK Tel: 020 7405 9200 Fax: 020 7829 8643 www.ich.bpmf.ac.uk/center.htm 

Hospital for Tropical Diseases, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE, UK Tel: 020 7387 4411.Elective notes: The HTD charges £200 for a four-week elective. 

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen’s Square, London WC1N 3BG
Tel 020 7837 3611 Fax: 020 7278 5069.

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital and Hospital for Women, Soho 144, Euston Road, London NW1 2AP, UK Tel: 020 7387 2501.

The Eastman Dental Hospital, 256 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8LD, UK Tel: 020 7915 1000.

Imperial College School of Medicine, London SW7 2AZ, UK Tel: 020 7594 3598/8014 Fax: 020 7594 8004/9833 www.med.ic.ac.uk 

The Imperial College School of Medicine was formed in 1995 by the merger of St Mary’s Medical School and the National Heart and Lung Institute. It then increased further absorbing Charing Cross and Westminster Medical Schools and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1997. Each of these original institutions still has its own hospital in various parts of west London. Each has a long history of its own. All this merging has now made ICSM one of the largest medical schools in the UK. It has the following campuses:

St Mary’s Hospital, Praed St Paddington, London W2, UK Tel: 020 7530 3500. (This is a large teaching hospital providing most specialities.)

Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London W6, UK Tel: 020 8846 1234. (Again, this is also a large teaching hospital.)

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Rd, London SW10, UK Tel: 020 8746 8000. (This is a very plush hospital in a very nice area of London. It has a state of the art new A&E.)

The Hammersmith Hospital, 150 DuCane Rd, London W12, UK Tel: 020 8743 2030. (The Hammersmith is a postgraduate teaching hospital. It is highly regarded for its acaedemic and clinical excellence.)

The Royal Brompton Hospital,Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP Tel: 020 7352 8121 Fax: 020 7351 8473 www.rbh.nthames.nhs.uk (The Royal Brompton is a large cardiothoracic unit in the West End.)

St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Turner Street, London E1 2AD, UK Tel: 020 7377 7611/7603 Fax: 020 7377 7612 www.mds.qmw.ac.uk 

Bart’s and the London merged with QMW in 1993. Bart’s is situated within the square mile of the city of London in an attractive courtyard setting. The London is in Whitechapel, a pretty deprived area of London with many Asian and Muslim immigrants. The hospitals therefore span the full breadth of social classes. Hospitals in Hackney (The Homerton), Whipp’s Cross, Newham and Southend are also used as are a number of specialist units, including the London Chest (Bonner Road, London E2). A well-organized elective package in subjects from ITU to cardiothoracic surgery is available. Dental electives are also possible. There is no elective fee and you should apply six to 18 months before your intended date. A list of sources of accommodation is provided.

The Royal London Hospital, Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB, UK Tel: 020 7377 7000.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, UK Tel: 020 7601 8888.

Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, Guy’s Campus, London Bridge, St Thomas’s Street, London SE1 9RT, UK Tel: 020 7955 4127/78486971 Fax: 020 7955 4425/7848 6969 www.kcl.ac.uk 

‘Guy’s’ and ‘Tommy’’s merged a number of years ago to form UMDS. In the last couple of years they have merged with the other big south-east London medical school, King’s College. All have retained their original hospitals, but organization has been centralized. Denmark Hill Hospital and hospitals throughout south-east England are associated. The Maudsley Hospital in Lewisham is a specialist psychiatry centre.

St Thomas’s Hospital, Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1, UK
Tel: 020 7928 9292.

Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas St, London SE1, UK Tel:020 7955 5000.

King’s College Hospital and School of Medicine and Dentistry, Bassemer Road, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9PJ, UK Fax: 020 7346 3589.

St George’s Medical School, Crammer Terrace, London SW17 ORE, UK Tel: 020 8725 5992/8672 9944 Fax: 020 8725 5919/86726940 www.sghms.ac.uk

The last standing London medical school not to have been engulfed. It is in Tooting, South London. Although away from the city it has an interesting range of patients with diverse needs. Central London is a few stops away on the northern line. St George’s Hospital (Blackshaw Rd, London SW17 Tel: 020 8672 1255) is the main teaching hospital but the school also has links with the Atkinson Morley (31 Copse Hill, London SW20 Tel: 020 8992 2277 (a specialist neurology hospital in Wimbledon)) and St Helier’s in Sutton. There is a forensic medicine unit on the main site (Tel: 020 8725 0015) which has previously been popular with visiting (UK) students. Electives can be arranged in most departments. Accommodation is provided cheaply. German students must apply under the DAAD scheme. Write to the electives co-ordinator for more details.

Other Speciality Hospitals:

Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, City Road, London EC1V 2PD, UK Tel: 020 7253 3411 www.moorfields.org.uk

The Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, 330 Gray’s Inn Rd, London WC1, UK Tel: 020 7837 8855


The University of Manchester, Faculty of Medicine, Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT, UK Tel: 0161 275 5025/2077 Fax: 0161 275 5697/5584 www.medicine.man.ac.uk

Manchester has a large medical school. The principal hospital is the Manchester Royal Infirmary (Oxford Road, M13 Tel: 0161 276 1234); however, it also uses hospitals in a 50-miles radius around Manchester. These include: St Mary’s (Whitworth Park, M13 Tel: 0161 276 1234 – for obs, gynae and paeds), the Hope, the Withington Christie (Nell Lane, M20 Tel: 0161 445 8111), North Manchester General (Tel: 0161 740 1444), Stepping Hill and Tameside General Hospitals. Booth Hall Children’s Hospital (Charlestown Rd Tel: 0161 795 7000) and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals (Pendlebury Tel: 0161 794 4696) are the specialist paeds centres. The city itself has 50,000 students, hence there are always places to go.

Newcastle University Medical School, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH Tel: 0191 222 7034/6138 Fax: 0191 222 6139 /6521 www.ncl.ac.uk Situated right at the north end of England, Newcastle is a medium-sized, friendly city. The Medical School is situated in the centre and is on the same site as its principle teaching hospital, the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Victoria Rd Tel: 0191 232 5131). The school also uses a number of other hospitals in and around Newcastle. Write to the elective co-ordinator. All subjects bar dermatology, O&G and radiology can be catered for. There is currently no fee and accommodation can be provided for approx £120/month in the doctors’ residence.

Nottingham University, Medical School Faculty Office, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH Tel: 0115 970 9379 Fax: 0115 970 9922 www.nott.ac.uk

Nottingham is a pleasant city towards the north of England. It uses University Hospital (Queen’s Medical Centre) on campus as well as City Hospital and Derby Hospital. Queen’s Medical Centre has most specialities and is highly regarded for paeds surgery.

Oxford University, Medical School Offices, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU Tel: 01865 221689/270 207 Fax: 01865 750 750 www.ox.ac.uk Oxford, renowned for its academic excellence, has more to offer than just highbrow clinicians. The main teaching hospital, the John Radcliffe (Headley Way, Headington Tel: 01865 741166) is huge and caters for most needs. The Churchill (Old Road, Headington Tel: 01865 741 841) and Radcliffe Infirmary (Woodstock Rd Tel: 01865 311188) are older hospitals that are also used. The city has a pleasant centre and there is abundant student life. It is not just a university town though. London is only an hour away by train. Electives can be arranged in most subjects. The school has limited accommodation for a reasonable rent. There is no elective fee.

University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield S10 2RX Tel: 0114 271 1910/3349 Fax: 0114 271 3960 www.shef.ac.uk Sheffield conjures up images of mining, steel works and unemployed male strippers. The reality (apparently) is very different. The hospitals are in a nice part of town and the surrounding countryside is great if you like hill walking/rock climbing. The University has two main hospitals, the Royal Hallamshire (Glossop Road S10 2JF Tel: 0114 271 1900 Fax: 0114 271 1901) where the school is situated and the Northern General on the other side of town (about 20 minutes away). Together with the Jessop Hospital for Women (Leavygreave Rd, S3 7RE Tel: 0114 226 8000) these cover all specialities. A number of DGHs in Humberside and South Yorkshire are also affiliated. There is a well-known Forensic Pathology department on the main site.

University of Southampton Medical School, Southampton General Hospital, Temona Road, Bassett Crescent East, Southampton SO16 6YD Tel: 0238059 5000 www.medschool.soton.ac.uk Southampton has the medical school for the south coast of England. It has better weather than the north of England and there’s a beach on which to appreciate it. There’s pleasant countryside to see and a trip to the Isle of Wight to make. The school is modern and students get patient contact from day one of the course. Southampton General (Tremona Rd Tel: 01703 777222) and the Royal South Hampshire (Brintons Terrace Tel: 01703 634288) are the main teaching hospitals, but hospitals in Bournemouth and Portsmouth are also used.

Another popular hospital:

Royal United Hospitals Bath, Conbe Park, Bath Tel: 01225 428331.


The Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Le Vanquiedor, St. Martins, Guernsey GY4 6UU, Channel Islands Tel: 01481 725 241 Fax: 01481 35 9065 The hospital: Has all major specialities and an A&E. 

Two other hospitals on the island are: King Edward VII Hospital (geriatrics) and Câtel Psychiatric Hospital.

General Hospital, Gloucester Street, St Helier, Jersey JE2 3QS, Channel Islands. Tel: 01534 59000 fax: 01534 59805 

Isle of Wight
St Mary’s Hospital
, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG Tel: 01983 524081.

Isle of Man
Noble’s Isle of Man Hospital, Westmoreland Road, Douglas, Isle of Man Tel: 01624 642642.The hospital: Is actually a teaching hospital for Manchester University but also takes elective students in medicine or surgery for maximum of 4–6 weeks. 

Ramsey Cottage Hospital, Cumberland Rd, Ramsey, Isle of Man Tel: 01624 811811.


Mignot Memorial Hospital, Route de Crabby, Alderney GY9 3XY Tel: 01481 822 822 Fax: 01481 823 087


Aberdeen University, Faculty of Medicine, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Forresterhill, Aberdeen AB29 2ZB Tel: 01224 681818 Fax: 01224 840 708 www.bms.abdn.ac.uk The multi-faculty university is about two miles from the hospital. The medical school and infirmary are on the same site. The teaching hospital (Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Fosterhill) is large with a busy A&E that admits from a large area, including the Shetland and Orkney Isles as well as the oil rigs and shipping in real emergencies. All major specialities are on-site, including neurosurgery. Elective students have found they have had good practical experience in A&E. 

Dundee University, Medical School, Level 10, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY Tel: 01382 344160 Fax: 01382 664267 www.dundee.ac.uk Three hospitals in Dundee (Ninewells, a very large purpose-built teaching hospital), Dundee Royal Infirmary (Barrack Rd) and Kings Cross Hospital (Clepington Road) all on Tel: 01382 660111 and a number of hospitals outside the city are all used. Dundee itself may not have the best weather and there may not be much to do in the centre, but there is easy access for skiing and hill walking. Electives can be arranged for a £100 administration fee in any subject depending on availability. Rotations are available all year. There is a £25 per week compulsory hospital accommodation fee. Contact the electives co-ordinator.

University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Medicine, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG Tel: 0131 650 1000 Fax: 0131 650 6525 www.med.ed.ac.uk  Although you can apply to departments directly, the faculty much prefers that you apply through them (£25 administration charge). They have a quota system so apply early. They can arrange electives at central and peripheral hospitals. If you apply through a department the school may not recognize you as a student and therefore won’t provide certificates of attendance. Hospitals affiliated include: the RIE, The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, The Western General, The Eastern General, Princess Margaret Rose, City Hospital (Greenbank Drive, Edinburgh) and St John’s (Livingston, Howden Road, West Livingston EH54 6PP). Accommodation is not provided by the school although peripheral hospitals may. There is also a Community Drug Problem Service (Spittal Street Centre, 22–24 Spittal Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DU) which has previously taken students.

The New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France,  Edinburgh  Many departments are world-renowned for their excellence (e.g. orthopaedics, surgery) and it is home to the Scottish Liver Transplant Centre

The Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU.The Western is a busy hospital with many specialities including neurosurgery. A large HIV unit has just moved here from City Hospital. It has the National Surveillance Unit for Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. 

Law Hospital, Carluke, Lanarkshire ML8 5ER.

University of Glasgow, Faculty of Medicine, Glasgow G12 800 Tel: 0141 330 4424/5921 Fax: 0141 330 5440/233 4373 www.gla.ac.uk  Its main teaching hospitals include Glasgow Royal Infirmary (84 Castle St G4 Tel: 0141 211 4000), the Western Infirmary (Dumbarton Rd, G11 Tel: 0141 211 2000), Gartnavel General (1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0YN Tel: 0141 211 3600) and Stobhill (Balornock Rd G21 Tel: 0141 201 3000) hospitals. All tend to be very friendly and welcoming. The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill, Glasgow G3 8SJ) is the main paeds hospital in Glasgow with many specialists and a dedicated A&E. It has previously provided free accommodation to students. Electives can be arranged in most subjects for six weeks in term time. There is a £20 admin fee and no elective charge. Electives of eight weeks are only available in the summer holidays, and because of the length of time, you have to enrol as a Glasgow student (£357). The university requires proof of certain vaccinations to do an elective in one of its hospitals. You have to arrange accommodation with the accommodation officer at whichever hospital you are placed in. Those in Glasgow itself often do not provide accommodation which then has to be arranged through the University (charging up to £100/week). Those on the outskirts can sometimes provide it free

University of St. Andrews, Faculty of Medicine, Old Union Building, St Andrews, Fife KYL6 9AJ, Scotland Tel: 01334 476 161, Fax: 01334 462 144 www.st-andrews.ac.uk 

Other Interesting Hospitals in Scotland:

Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, 1000 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0NR.

Raigmore Hospital, Perth Road, Inverness IV2 3UJ (Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Tel: 01463 704000 Fax: 01463 711322).

Belford Hospital, Fort William PH33 6BS.


Western Isles Hospital, Macaulay Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2AF Tel: 01851 704 704.

GP work on the islands is also popular. Rather than writing a great list, GPs (who will be bombarded with letters) for GP work/electives in the Outer Hebridies, contact the Primary Care Manager, Western Isles Health Board, Health Board Offices, 37 South Beach Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles HS1 2BN. Previously they have contacted GPs to arrange electives. A small GP/minor ops unit is The Griminish Surgery, Griminish, Benbecula, Western Isles HS7 5QA which has two GP/anaesthetists and one locum surgeon allowing them to do an elective list a week and also emergency surgery. If it can’t be done a helicopter transfers to the mainland

Gilbert Bain General Hospital, Shetland Isles Tel: 01595 695678.

Balfour and Eastbank Hospitals, Orkney Tel: 01856 885400.

Northern Ireland

Queen’s University Belfast, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ground Floor, Whitla Medical Building, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL Tel: 01232 245133 Fax: 01232 330571 www.qub.ac.uk Queen’s Belfast is situated in the heart of Belfast and uses the Royal Victoria and Belfast City (Lisburn Rd, L9 Belfast, N Ireland Tel: 01232 329241) hospitals as well as a number of smaller peripheral sites. . Electives can be arranged here in any subject between June and December. There is no charge and accommodation is provided free (and is fine). Write to the Elective Co-ordinator at the above address.

The Royal Hospitals, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BA Tel: 01232 894702.

The group comprises the Royal Victoria (Grosvenor Rd, Belfast BT12 Tel: 01232 240503), Royal Maternity (Grosvenor Rd BT12 Tel: 01232 240503), Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (Falls Rd BT12 Tel: 01232 240503) and a dental hospital. 

Other Interesting Hospitals in Northern Ireland:

The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 DRH.

Tyrone County Hospital, Hospital Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Colerane Hospital, Mount Sandle Road, Colerane, Co Londonderry.

Antrim Area Hospital, 45 Bush Road, Antrim, Co Antrim.


University of Wales, College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XN Tel: 01222 743436 www.uwcm.ac.uk This is the only medical school in Wales and is situated in the capital. The University Hospital of Wales is the principle teaching hospital, but the faculty has links with many hospitals throughout Wales. 


Motor racing
The Medical Centre, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Nr Towcester, Northants NN12 8TN.

Diving Diseases Research Centre, Deriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon.



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