Friday, 22 March 2013

Focus on Oban

Our Caledonian 4 year program contains 3 rotations that spend the first year in Oban before moving up to Inverness for the remaining hospital posts.  Your GP attachment will be spent in one of the practices attached to the Caledonian program.

Lorn and The Islands Hospital is one of the rural general hospitals used in our rotations that offers a great training environment working directly with consultants.  During your on call duties you are supported by nurse practitioners who are familiar with the local systems and environment along with direct access to your supervising consultant.

Watch the short video below to get an idea of what its like and have a look at Mike McIvers blog, Mike is currently working in Oban as the first year in his 4 year program.

As well as providing a great training environment Oban is a great place to live.  It is otherwise known as  "The Gateway to The Isles" due to the ferry links it provides to both the Inner and Outer Hebrides. You have the opportunity to explore  Islands such as Mull which is only 45 minutes away and Colonsay, Coll and Tiree which are only 3 hours by CalMac ferry.  There are also the more local islands of Lismore, Kerrera and Luing that are just short hops from the mainland. If your interest is in water sports such as kayaking or sailing then Oban is the place for you, with a myriad of sea lochs and islands to explore. 

For lovers of the hills, there is a wealth of climbing and hill walking in the area with Glencoe  just under an hour away along with the Glencoe ski area. More locally there is Ben Cruachan and easy access to the rest of the Central Highlands.

For the less adventurous, Oban has a host of sea food restaurants including the Oban Fish and Chip Shop provider of the "Best Fish and Chips in Britain" as voted by none other than Rick Stein.  
Also not to be missed is the Oban Chocolate Company on the Corran Esplanade, their cafe does the best coffee in town, not to mention the 20 different varieties of hot chocolate and some wonderful cakes! 

So why not come and taste life on the West Coast of Scotland with our Caledonian 4 year rotation.  Don't just take our word for it, read Mike McIvers blog

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