Newham Hospital

Newham University Hospital is a District General Hospital part of the Barts Health Trust, situated in the heart of the east end of London. The London Borough of Newham has one of the most diverse, youngest and fastest growing populations in the UK. There is a wide range of challenging pathology including the highest prevalence of TB in the country, a high rate of haemaglobinopathies, endocrine disorders and obesity. Newham borough has the highest birth rate in London, with over 80% of these delivering at NUH (7200 deliveries/year), enabling trainees to gain a wealth of obstetric experience.


The Surgical gateway centre was opened in 2005 and is it is a state-of-the-art stand-alone facility, situated on the NGH site run by Barts Health. It comprises 3 theatres and 39 inpatient beds as well as a renal unit.

It is set to become the arthroplasty centre-of-excellence for Barts Health with a projected 1100 hip and knee replacements a year. This high turnover provides great opportunities for trainees to learn and develop skills in regional anaesthesia.


the inpatient and day surgery undertaken include General, Gynaecological, ENT, Paediatric dental, Orthopaedic & trauma. In addition to this, there is a fully staffed 24hr emergency theatre and an acute pain service of which there is a consultant lead.

College Tutor Details


Dr Rajkalyan Chakrabarti

Rota details for trainees


  • Number of trainees on rota:  7 (Inc 1 EM ACCS &  1 ICM trainee)


On-call commitments


  • EWD compliant rota

  • 1:6 on calls

  • Theatres 07.00-21.00

  • Obstetrics 08.00-20.00

  • (No nights)




  • 1A


Modules Available for Anaesthetic Training:


  • Initial anaesthetic competences

  • Initial obstetric competences

  • Basic level - Perioperative assessment, Premedication, Induction of general anaesthesia, Intra-operative care, Post-op recovery room care, Introduction to anaesthesia for emergency surgery, Management of respiratory and cardiac arrests in adults and children, Control of infection, Airway, Day surgery, General, urology and gynaecological surgery, Head & Neck, Max fax and dental, Transfer, Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Regional, Non-Theatre, Orthopaedics, Pain, Sedation


Local Education Opportunities:


  • There is weekly departmental teaching enabling trainees to participate in presenting ‘Hot topics’, journal club and M&M. A separate trainee teaching afternoon is also organised. There is a trainee office with a computer and a library of new anaesthetics text books.

  • At the onsite simulation centre trainees are encouraged to participate in the PRAMS, PEATS, Transfer, ACI programmes annually.

  • In the Education Centre, situated in the main hospital there is a library providing a web enabled flexible service. There is a 24/7 study area with 16 PCs, high level book purchases and online resources including Dynamed, UpToDate, Ejournal focus (BMJ Group, Wiley/Blackwell, AMA) and Trip Database.


Research / Audit / Academic Opportunities:


  • The anaesthetic department participates in national research and audit projects including: Enhanced Perioperative Care for High-risk patients (EPOCH), National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA), the National Audit Project, National Obstetric Audit. The department encourages regular RCOA audit recipe projects to be carried out by all training and non-training members of staff to ensure quality improvement within its department. These are presented at designated departmental teaching sessions.


Contact details for further information:


Dr Rajkalyan Chakrabarti