All enquires should be directed to the undergraduate mailbox in the first instance:
- Undergraduate Coordinator – Margot Robinson
- Director of Medical Education – Dr Kate Patrick
- Clinical Teaching Fellow – Dr Robyn Anderson
- Clinical Teaching Fellow – Dr Andrea Thomson
Should you have any questions or concerns throughout your placement regarding pastoral support, education or patient safety please get in touch with any of the above team members, or placement supervisor.
- General Medicine – Dr Chris Kelly (Glasgow), Dr Fraser Wood (Edinburgh)
- General Surgery – Miss Liz Cannings/Mr Euan MacDonald
- Medicine for Elderly – Dr Isobel Scougal
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology – Dr Jacqueline Hill
- Paediatrics – Dr George Nagiub
- Psychiatry – Dr Nabila Muzaffar
- Surgical Specialties – Dr Angus Scott (Ophthalmology) & Mr Ravinder Harar (ENT)
First Day Arrangements
On your first day please report to the lecture theatre on level 3 of the learning centre (above the Restaurant) at 9am, where you will be met by Margot Robinson (undergraduate coordinator). You will be given a brief introduction to the placement and will be supplied with:
- Swipe access badge (which entitles you to staff discount at Starbucks!)
- Computer logins
- Bus tickets & travel information
- Locker key
Social distancing as a result of Covid-19 limits our ability to safely run face to face tutorials. You should attend grand rounds or foundation doctor teaching with your ward team. We will endeavour to provide some e-learning materials or tutorials via Microsoft Teams and are currently in the process of making these adjustments to the way we deliver medical education.
You will find details of local under-graduate and post-graduate learning opportunities on the Events page.
For fire safety purposes students should register each morning with Margot at the undergraduate office. If you are off due for any reason, including sickness, you must email Margot/undergraduate email address to let us know by midday. Please also follow your own university’s absence reporting arrangements.
In line with Covid-19 guidance you must not come to the hospital if you have temperature >37.8°C, cough or anosmia. Please remain at home/in accommodation and call / email Margot Robinson / Fv.email@example.com in order that we can help you arrange testing.
You must dress appropriately whilst in clinical areas; during the Covid-19 pandemic you are encouraged to wear scrubs which you should change into upon arrival at the hospital, these must not be worn out with the hospital and must be changed before leaving. Name badges/security passes must be worn at all times.
Student lockers are located on level 2 of the education centre next to the undergraduate office. You will be given your own locker key at the induction meeting.
Accommodation is limited. If you require accommodation during your placement please contact Margot Robinson in advance of your start date.
Student accommodation is based at Falkirk Community Hospital, in the junior doctor’s residences behind the main hospital building. The accommodation comprises self-contained en-suite rooms, each student will have their own en-suite bedroom with access to shared kitchen area. The Falkirk Community Hospital accommodation has WIFI access.
Some rooms are kept aside for ‘ad-hoc’ use, these can be booked out for short number of days at a time by discussing with Margot.
Students who have been offered accommodation will be sent information directly.
A short video depicting safety aspects at the accommodation such as fire exits and access to fire extinguishers is available on the following link.
Travel between FVRH and the Falkirk Community Hospital accommodation is relatively straight forward using public transport. Bus tickets can be provided – this will be explained at induction.
The number 38 bus goes from Camelon Road Falkirk and stops in FVRH, the bus schedule can be found here.
If you have your own vehicle you are invited to park in the purple car park at the rear of the hospital. Please do not park in the patient/visitor parking area adjacent to the main entrance.
Students who prefer not to take accommodation or if accommodation is unavailable, will be reimbursed travel expenses to the equivalence of the bus fare between Glasgow/Edinburgh and Larbert. Only the driver will be able to claim reimbursement if students carshare.
Because of the greater distance involved Dundee students will be pre-allocated accommodation.
NHS Forth Valley Library Services provide free membership to medical students. The library stocks a range of books on the shelves, together with journals and educational resources which are available through the internet. There are many computers within the Library to facilitate access to the resources.
Please register for an Open Athens account if you don’t already have one, go to www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk and register in the top right corner. If you think you may already have an Athens account but are not sure please email our librarians, on the link below, who will source your account details
The library is on level 2 of the learning centre and is staffed during working hours. Any enquires can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wi-Fi is available in the residence and Eduroam is available within FVRH.
IT System Access
IT and Clinical Systems
All students will be given a log-in which automatically gives them access to ‘MS Teams’ and clinical portal .Please change the location on your LearnPro account to Forth Valley which will allow you to complete the modules which are required for Trak and Hepma. You will have access to the following clinical systems:
This is a system that clinical users access to view verified Laboratory (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Haematology and Cellular Pathology) and Radiology (X-Ray, CT-Scan, MRI text reports) test results/reports for their patients. There is a simple guide to use available on the hospital intranet and this will be available to you via Clinical Portal.
This system allows you to view the patient’s records. A Learn Pro Module must be completed before access is granted.
Hepma (read only)
This is the prescribing system to which you will have read only access. A LearnPro module for the read only version must be completed before access is granted.
In order to minimise any delay in your access it is important for you to return the signed copy of your agreement to the ICT Terms and conditions prior to your arrival. This will be emailed to you when we have notification of your placement.
All students should be familiar with the FV needlestick injury policy which can be found here.
It is recommended that Scrubs be worn on the wards changing facilities are available in the staff bases located at the end of the long (ward) corridors on each floor. PPE information is in every ward and masks are to be worn in all corridors