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Did FY1 at Basildon Hospital, part of North Central Deanery


The good:

1) Good one to do as an FY1 as generally I feel the staff are a little more open and friendly compared to some of the more specialised central hospitals. 

2) I found that there is generally more scope for getting hands on experience with practical procedures. I feel that this puts you in good stead for FY2 when the standard expected is a little higher. 

3) Basildon is its own little bubble miles away from proper civilisation, so there is a good community feel among the FY1's and makes the whole daunting experience of  FY1 a whole lot more bearable and fun!

5) V V cheap rent compared to central!

6) Basvegas!


The bad:

1) Rubbish public transport. Need a car or a roommate who is generous with giving lifts! Otherwise you find yourselves splashing out on taxis quite a bit. 

2) Hard to convince friends to make a trip out to deep dark Essex at the weekends, so expect to have to trek back into central London on a regular basis.


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