James Paget University Hospital


James Paget University Hospital is an approximately 500 bedded hospital located in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth and provides comprehensive acute care for the population of Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and the South Waveney area and for many visitors to the area. 


The hospital is a stone’s throw from the beautiful Gorleston beach  (pictured below.)





Higher medical training at James Paget University hospital involves training in 3 main areas: the Acute medical unit (called EADU), Ambulatory care and the short stay ward.




Geographical proximity with the Emergency Department allows a close working relationship with this clinical area.  The average number of medical admissions per day is 30. The admitting team consists of an FY1 doctor, one ACCS/CMT trainee and a Specialty Registrar.  The unit has its own Clinical Support Assistants (CSAs) and is supported by Specialist Nurses. Throughout the day, there is continuous senior medical presence on the Unit.


The unit has priority access to radiological and laboratory investigations.  The PACS system is accessible within the EADU enabling the recall of all existing radiological images for any given patient. EADU has its own tailored electronic ward board to assist with flow through the unit. The intranet provides a wide range of guidelines, contact numbers and other useful resources.


EADU services are fully equipped to support the management of patients on Level 1+ care; including the use of NIV, CPAP, high flow nasal oxygen (OptiflowTM), central venous catheters and chest and abdominal drain devices.


EADU has its own point-of-care ultrasound device (Phillips Sparq) which aids early diagnosis and safe procedures.


The James Paget University Hospital operates a ‘Hospital at Night’ team, the aim of which is to provide a safe and supported framework to optimise patient care and junior doctor supervision. The Hospital at Night team relies on generic working of team members.  This means that a team of doctors and nurses will have appropriate skills as a whole to manage all problems arising overnight.  Hospital at Night covers six specialties: Medicine, Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics, ENT and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. The EADU takes a central role in the Hospital at Night Programme.


The unit is also a very important area for the teaching, training and assessment of Junior Doctors as well as an important area for the teaching and training of Medical Students and other staff.




The Ambulatory Unit (within EADU) was established in 2014 and moved into a bespoke unit in 2015. The success of this unit has led the trust to invest over £1 million pounds into the development and expansion of this unit to allow more patients to be assessed and treated without admission. This new expanded unit was opened in September 2018. The ambulatory unit has a clinical notes system called Patientsource which aids documentation and the production of discharge summaries.


We utilise point-of-care testing to enable rapid turnaround. The unit is supported by Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Support Assistants and physician associates. The current average length of stay is 120 minutes.


Through ambulatory we run an outpatient intravenous antibiotic service which is facilitated by the use of midlines. This unit has its own ultrasound machine to aid diagnosis and facilitate the insertion of midlines.


It provides a rich learning environment for SpRs and CMTs who are supervised by consultants.





The short stay unit (ward 16) is closely located to the admissions unit (EADU) and the ambulatory unit and looks after patients whose expected length of stay is less than 5 days. The short stay unit is led by Dr Jo Randall and Dr Al Green, Dr Anna Blackburn and Dr Dom Giles do 2 week blocks in rotation.



Pictures of short stay unit.


We are able to accommodate the following specialty attachments at James Paget University Hospital:




We offer a 4 month secondment where the acute medicine works on the respiratory ward as the respiratory registrar. They attend clinic at least once weekly. They also attend and take part in the pleural procedures clinic. They attend the lung MDT and can attend bronchoscopy sessions. They will be supervised by a respiratory physician.




We offer a 4 month secondment to cardiology where they attend the acute cardiac unit ward rounds together with working on the cardiology ward. They attend cardiology ward rounds and can get experience of echocardiography with the echo technicians. They see transoesophageal echocardiography and perform cardioversions. They also have the opportunity to see angiography and pacemaker insertions at NNUH. They will be supervised by a cardiologist.


Elderly care:


We are able to offer 4 month secondments to Elderly care where they work on the frailty ward and take part in MDT meetings.



We offer a 4 month supernumerary secondment to intensive care where they get exposed to all aspects of intensive care medicine, including selection for intensive care, use of inotropes and ventilation as well as the utility of bedside echocardiography and cardiac output monitoring in the management of the critically ill.




Speciality skills offered:


Ultrasound and Echocardiography: Dr Stosic will supervise trainees. He is an accredited FICE and FAMUS mentor. We have 2 ultrasound machines available on the acute medical unit. Paul Babu is a level 2 accredited thoracic ultrasound. The trainees can attend training with ultrasongraphers. They will have a session a week to pursue their specialist skill. We have previous trainees who have completed their training at James Paget University Hospital.

Education: Emily Russell and Josip Stosic have postgraduate diplomas in medical education and are happy to supervise trainees in medical education. The trainees would be expected to enrol in at least a postgraduate diploma in medical education and experience and project work can be provided in medical simulation or undergraduate education. They will have a session a week to pursue their specialist skill.

Diabetes: Dr Green will supervise trainees doing diabetes as a specialist skill. They will come to diabetes clinic weekly and then see ward referrals for diabetes. They will be encouraged to sit in with the diabetes specialist nurses and attend a DAFNE course. We have had previous trainees who have obtained their specialist skill in Diabetes whilst at James Paget Hospital.

Bronchoscopy: bonchoscopy as a specialist skill could be offered at James Paget under the supervision of Paul Babu. They will have a session a week to pursue their specialist skill.

Upper GI endoscopy: Dr Josip Stosic is a JAG accredited upper GI endoscopist and could supervise trainees doing upper GI endoscopy. Josip Stosic does an upper GI endoscopy list a week so there is ample opportunity to practice this skill. They will have a session a week to pursue their specialist skill.

Stroke: we can't offer stroke training as stroke training can only be offered as an OOPE in the accredited areas in the region such as Norwich, Cambridge, Southend and Bedford. We can however offer a day a week specialist skill experience to those who have completed this OOPE training to maintain/extend their skills in stroke.

Intensive care:  We can offer stage 1 ICM training to trainees who want to dual accredit in ICM and AIM. Stage 2 training needs to be performed in another centre as it requires paeds, neuro, and cardio ICM, but we can also provide stage 3 ICM training.


James Paget University Hospital is a small friendly hospital with a cohesive acute medicine team. Registars are well supported and get broad experience in acute medicine in the defined area of EADU, AmbU and the short stay ward. There is extensive opportunity to do speciality attachments and speciality skills. Feedback from previous trainees has been very positive.

  1. < > (Acute Medical Unit)

    Three six bed level 1 care bays (18 beds)

  2. Four single bed on-suite side rooms (4 beds)
  3. Two, four bed level 1+ Acute Care Bays (8 beds)
    1. Ambulatory Unit (AmbU):

    1. Short stay Unit

  4. Out of work there is easy access to beautiful beaches, the Norfolk broads and only 30mins away from all the amenities in Norwich.
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