General Medicine – Specialty Night Cover
Cover term for acute medical wards at Northern Hospital. The night roster is week on week off starting on Thursdays. Terms are not 10 weeks as they are mixed with annual leave and other relief. Most terms are half terms of nights. There are three HMO’s Downstairs, Tower 1 and Tower 2 HMO’s.
Each have allocated wards to cover as well as assisting with some specialty medical admissions for their areas.
Downstairs: ward 3 + 4+ 5, renal, haem + onc admissions
Tower 1: wards 20 + 21, med cover, resp, stroke, neuro cover and admissions
Tower 2: ward 22 + gastro and medical outlier cover in wards 13 + 16 + 18 + 19
However, they are able to assist each other to share workload and are supported by the night perioperative medical registrar. Provide assessment of patients on the ward who require medical review as well as to complete new admissions for medical specialty patients in their allocated wards with support from the on-call specialty registrar/ consultant. Assess and manage deteriorating patients with support of the perioperative medical registrar, ICU registrar and ICU liaison nurse. Attend the nightly take-2-at-2 meeting with whole hospital team (chaired by overnight ICU registrar) to ensure unwell patients are escalated and workload is balanced.