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Worthing Hospital and St Richard's Hospital (West Sussex Eye Unit)

Location

Address Lyndhurst Road
Worthing
BN11 2DH
City Worthing
Deanery Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery
Country United Kingdom

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of 450,000 people from a catchment area covering most of West Sussex. The eye unit is based on two sites, one at Worthing and the other at St Richards Hospital, Chichester. Outpatient services are offered on both these sites. Day case services (Connaught Suite) and inpatient services (Botolphs ward) are offered on the Worthing site.

From a training perspective, Worthing Hospital usually has one registrar-grade trainee (ST4-5) and one SHO-grade trainee (ST1).  The unit is particularly strong in medical and surgical retina, with Thursday mornings bringing most of the team together for a large retinal clinic.   Departmental teaching takes place on Friday afternoons, and there is also an FFA teaching session before retinal clinics on a Thursday.  Opportunities for surgical experience are generally very good for trainees.

If you have trained in ophthalmology at the Victoria Eye Unit, please share your experience below.

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Overall rating: 
 
3.2
Surgical Experience:
 
4.0   (1)
Clinical Experience:
 
4.0   (1)
Quality of Teaching:
 
3.0   (1)
Consultant Support:
 
3.0   (1)
Access to Study Leave:
 
2.0   (1)
Research Opportunities:
 
3.0   (1)
 
 

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Overall rating: 
 
3.2
Surgical Experience:
 
4.0
Clinical Experience:
 
4.0
Quality of Teaching:
 
3.0
Consultant Support:
 
3.0
Access to Study Leave:
 
2.0
Research Opportunities:
 
3.0
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Reviewed by Eye Team
October 13, 2012
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Generally a very good unit to train. Especially good for middle-grades who want to increase their surgical numbers. The unit is particularly strong for a DGH in medical and surgical retina - with 2 VR consultants and a couple staff grades who are also trained in VR. You need to have a car, because clinics can be held in both Worthing and Chichester - though the majority are in Worthing and you *may* be able to plead your way out of Chichester if you have no access to a car.

On calls involve seeing casualty patients after 5pm on weekdays in a room within the surgical suite. There is no routine day-time casualty session, so on-calls can be quite busy if you have 5 or 6 patients booked after 5pm (as you have no nurse support for VA's, dilations etc). Weekends are generally light.

One historic problem area for trainees in Worthing is they are often quite stingy in granting study leave - even compulsory Regional Study Days are difficult to attend because of a rather militant attitude towards allowing trainees off for study leave. Hopefully this is improving.

Overall a good unit with a solid reputation for training.

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Good Points Surgical experience
Bad Points poor access to study leave
Do you recommend? yes

Your Position

ST2