Russells Hall Hospital is a large District General Hospital located in Dudley, in the heart of the Black Country. The Anaesthetic Department and Critical Care Unit is staffed by 36 consultants, 3 specialty doctors, 16 deanery trainees, and up to 5 clinical fellows. We are supported by two PA(A)s and two full-time anaesthetic secretaries.
Surgical specialties at Russells Hall include general, vascular (we are the Black Country vascular hub), ENT, maxillofacial, ophthalmology, gynaecology, obstetrics, urology, orthopaedics and plastic surgery.
We have 10 main theatres, five day case theatres, an interventional vascular theatre and two obstetric theatres. The Critical Care Unit has 9 beds, plus we have separate medical and surgical high dependency units. The Critical Care Department has approval for Higher Specialist Training. The department also includes an acute and chronic pain service, a comprehensive pre-op assessment service, and a cardiopulmonary exercise testing service.
Facilities in the Department include a trainees’ room with computers and internet access, a seminar room, and on-call rooms for all anaesthetists doing resident on-call.
There is a purpose-built Postgraduate Education Centre with excellent library facilities, a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and a clinical skills laboratory. In addition, we have a £500,000 state of the art simulation centre, which hosts a range of simulation sessions, including the internationally recognised MEPA paediatric anaesthesia course. Anaesthetic trainees at Russells Hall have the opportunity to participate both as candidates and faculty at this, and a range of other simulation training days.
We are extremely enthusiastic teachers, and provide regular tutorials and exam preparation sessions. Trainees are supported to attend the teaching appropriate for their level of training, which includes regional teaching for more experienced registrars. Post FRCA trainees have the opportunity to book trainee SPA time, so that they have time to undertake quality improvement projects and develop their practice according to their individual anaesthetic interests.
We are a friendly and welcoming department, and receive consistently good feedback from trainees.
Russells Hall Hospital
Dudley Group Hospitals NHS Trust
Telephone (Main): 01384 456 111
Telephone (Dept): 01384 244 076
Dr Andrew Downs: firstname.lastname@example.org