Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Lewsey Rd, Luton, Bedford LU4 0DZ
College Tutors: Dr Anne Ingram
Travel Information: Train/Tube to Luton Railway Station, the Hospital is located a 10 minute car/taxi journey, 14–18 minute bus ride or 1 hour walk away).
Bus: Centre bus runs route number X31 between Luton Station/Town Centre and Flitwick, Toddington and Milton Keynes. It stops next to the hospital on Dunstable Road.
Car/Parking: Less than 5 minutes from M1 Junction 11. Staff car-parking is located at Faringdon Fields Car Park, off Calnwood Road and at the Breast Screening Car Park, off Lewsey Road. Both car parks are less than 5 minutes’ walk to the hospital. Current staff car-parking charge is £1.20 per day.
Department Strengths and reasons to join the L&D Team:
- Very supportive team of Consultants and nursing staff
- Interesting patient population with plenty of opportunity to gain experience of rare and unusual metabolic, genetic, endocrine and neurological conditions.
- Good access to clinics both in terms of observing and participating
- A variety of different shifts within the rota e.g. ward, assessment unit, clinics
- The college tutor/s regularly meet with trainees to gain feedback. Suggestions are listened to and where possible, changes are made.
- Excellent focus on safe practices; the department is well supported and has a strong focus on patient safety and timely follow-up. The recent introduction of SBAR, “huddles” and modification to the handover system has helped to improve patient safety and staff awareness.
- Well-designed and integrated computer systems. “ICE” allows access to past results, investigation reports and the writing/viewing of discharge letters. “Evolve” is used for the uploading and viewing of previous clinic letters and correspondence and includes other functions such as creating asthma discharge plans, echocardiogram request forms and plotting growth charts electronically. “BigHand” is a user-friendly dictation programme.
- Strong links with allied health professionals (physio team, dieticians) and the Paediatric Community Centre (Edwin Lobo Centre).
- There are a number of very experienced specialist paediatric nurses in areas including diabetes, cystic fibrosis, endocrinology, gastroenterology and epilepsy who are on-hand for advice, support and teaching.
- There is a very full and varied teaching programme which includes sessions with external consultants with specialist interests.
- Lots of support with exam revision and opportunities to support others with their preparation
- One or other of the two Paediatric Consultants with a special interest in diabetes is available 24-hours a day if any advice is required for management of a paediatric diabetic patient.
- Well organised induction
- We have a very well-organised and helpful rota co-ordinator
The doctors and the nursing staff have a very good relationship and a variety of social events are organised throughout the year which are always good fun.
Please download the Luton & Dunstable Hospital Information sheet below for a helpful breakdown on Rota & Responsibilities, Travel, Training & Teaching Opportunities and Departmental Information and statistics.