Whipps Cross Hospital

Whipps Cross is a busy DGH, which has proved popular with trainees, who receive invaluable clinical experience both in general theatres, ITU and obstetric anaesthesia.  The department has a reputation as being supportive and social, with excellent clinical training being matched by excellent pastoral care.


The presence of an education faculty with high fidelity simulation, in situ sim and human factor training lends itself to facilitating an education programme for the trainees.  In turn opportunities to get involved in teaching and training are legion.




The site is home to London's hyperbaric unit.  Trainees can benefit from experts in peri-operative medicine, CPEX, patient safety and hyperbaric medicine.  The modules offered are suitable for basic, intermediate, higher and advanced training.  

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Whipps Cross University Hospital

Whipps Cross Road



E11 1NR

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Acute beds:  432

Maternity:  79

Paediatrics:  45

Neonatology:  30

TOTAL:  586

8 general theatres

2 day stay theatres

2 ophthalmic theatres

2 maternity theatres

9 ICU / 8 HDU

Average operations performed each month for 13/14:  366

Approximately 5200 deliveries per year, 28% of which are LSCS


Breast; ENT; General; Gynaecology; Ophthalmology; Orthopaedics;

Oral and Maxillofacial; Urology

22 (2 chronic pain)


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Rota Details for Trainees


Number of trainees on rota


  • Theatres: 8

  • ITU/Obs: 13

  • ACCS: 2

  • HDU Fellows: 6


On-call commitments (Theatre / ICU / maternity etc)


  • CT1: no on-call commitments until completion of initial assessment competency

  • Theatre: SHO/associate specialist/clinical fellow.  Covers general theatre and pain out of hours.

  • Obstetrics: ST3+/associate specialist/clinical fellow.  Covers elective and emergency obstetrics.

  • ITU: ST3+ /associate specialist/clinical fellow.  Covers ITU, referrals, arrest calls, trauma calls.

  • HDU: ACCS/trust grade/clinical fellow.  Covers the high dependency unit, referrals, and assists in ICU




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Modules Available for Anaesthetic Training


  • Basic - all modules.   


  • Intermediate - airway; day surgery; general, gynaecology and urology; head, neck and maxillofacial; orthopaedic; regional; sedation; transfer; trauma and stabilisation; obstetrics; Intensive Care; paediatrics and pain.


  • Higher - airway; day surgery; general, gynaecology and urology; head, neck and maxillofacial; orthopaedic; regional; sedation; transfer; trauma and stabilisation; obstetrics; Intensive Care; paediatrics and pain   



Special Training Opportunities / Fellowships


  • Anaesthetic Education Fellowship: 1 year post based in the Medical Education and Training suite.  This post is within the MET suite faculty, the clinical leads of which are two consultant anaesthetists, Dr Murray and Dr Hoyle.  Teaching includes high-fidelity simulation and communications-based training across specialities and grades as well as education-based research programmes. Fellowship also provides a funded PGCert in Education.

  • Whipps Cross is also the site of London’s Hyperbaric Medicine Unit.  Trainees interested in Hyperbaric Medicine may approach Dr Neil Rice for more information.    

  • Regional: six month post suitable for OOPT. Aimed at post FRCA ST5+ trainees. Focus to develop mastery in the range of UGRA techniques utilised in a busy DGH.


Local Education Opportunities


  • Journal Club:  runs weekly, with trainee and consultant participation.   

  • Anaesthesia:  

    • Bi-weekly, consultant or Education Fellow led

    • ​monthly “Scanning Club” – USGRA training
    • monthly multi-disciplinary, obstetric in-situ sim sessions
  • ICU:

    • Weekly, consultant led teaching programme

    • ​monthly multi-disciplinary, in-situ sim sessions
    • Intensive Care Essentials Course – free, one-day course for all new starters in ICU
  • Simulation:  As well as being part of the in-house training, the MET suite offers courses in simulation training (Anaesthesia, Obstetric Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Acute Care), as well as human-factor or non-technical skills training.  For those interested in medical education, there are courses covering the process of creating, running and debriefing simulation courses.  

  • Grand-rounds:  Once weekly medical grand rounds  


Research / Audit / Academic Opportunities


  • The MET suite faculty are involved in education-based research programmes.

  • Current research ongoing in perioperative medicine



  • Opportunities are limitless. Some of our trainees recent work that has been published/presented nationally or internationally is detailed here…



  • Cann. “Sedation in the ICU – should we reach for Dexmedetomidine sooner?” Br J Hosp Med. 2017 Oct 2;78(10):598



  • Wong, J et al. ‘Whipps Scanning Club Design and Implementation of a Departmental Teaching Programme to Enhance Skills in Ultrasound-guided Regional Anesthesia’. ePoster Presentation. World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. New York, USA. April 2018

  • Canavan. “High flow nasal oxygen therapy outside of critical care”. Poster Presentation. 15th Annual Critical Care Symposium. Manchester, UK. April 2018

  • Sanapala et al. “Awake Upper Limb Trauma – Implementing Change.” ePoster Presentation. World Congress on Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. New York, USA. April 2018

  • Farooq et al. “Moyamoya Disease – Balancing the Risk.” Poster Presentation. OAA ASM. Belfast. June 2018

  • Jothiraj et al. “Balancing the risk of Pulmonary Embolism v Antepartum Haemorrhage: An Obstetric Dilemma.” Poster Presentation. GAT ASM. Glasgow. July 2018


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