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Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach

Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr is a brand-new state-of-the-art facility, serving people across the county borough of Caerphilly and providing a central hub for community services.

At Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr we welcome students on placement from Years 2 – 5. In addition, some Consultants offer SSC projects for the 3rd and Final Years and Audit projects for the 4th years.

As a medical student on placement at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, your base will be in our brand new Multidisciplinary Education Centre (MDEC). We have a comfortable Students Common Room, with multiple computer terminals, coffee making facilities, a television with free to view digital channels, a microwave and easy chairs.

But we can assure you there will not be much time for sitting around as we also have a full programme of teaching ready for you, designed to comply with the requirements of the student curriculum and learning outcomes for each year.

The placement programme

On the first day of your attachment, you and your student colleagues will attend an “Induction” meeting. This is a chance for you to meet with the Honorary Senior Lecturer, teachers and the MDEC staff and is a friendly affair, usually accompanied by breakfast.

Our teaching programme is geared to your stage of training and is fairly intensive. Formal tutorials, bedside teaching, and teaching in outpatient clinics are much appreciated by those who have been here. Our teachers are a very busy but really enthusiastic bunch! The bulk of the teaching is done by experienced Consultants and Speciality Registrars but the more junior doctors are heavily involved as well.

The programme gives you a great opportunity to interact with patients and their carers and also to learn basic practical skills. Our students love to practice their skills on manikins and sometimes even on real patients. You will also get a chance to watch practical procedures in the wards (like lumbar punctures, chest and abdominal aspirations etc.) or in the specialist investigations laboratories (echocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests, lung function tests etc.).

The MDEC is well equipped with state of the art equipment

Just as well because we have a very active postgraduate teaching programme here which medical students are expected to attend. Although these meetings are primarily intended for the postgraduate audience that attends them, medical students do find them very useful as they are interesting and very interactive. We also have video-conferencing facilities, which means that we can interact with other groups elsewhere in the country (or indeed the world).


The Miners’ Library is our pride and joy. Named in memory of the miners who funded the old Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital, it has a large stock of core texts with ready access to the Health Library at the University hospital of Wales, for texts not available here.

A large number of journals are also available. Complementing these, there is a collection of multi-disciplinary resources and multimedia facilities. The computer room within the library has eight terminals, and for those who need a quiet room for reading, a study area is provided which accommodates ten.

The team

Your programme at YYF, should you come here on placement, will be organised and co-ordinated by the Undergraduate Department, consisting of Dr. LDKE Premawardhana (Honorary Senior Lecturer), Miss Nicola Tamlyn (Secretary), Mrs Claire Powell (MDEC Centre Manager) and Ms Salma Zabaneh (Librarian).

Our hospital takes pride in its friendly and welcoming attitude to students and the MDEC staff go out of their way to look after student needs.

We hope to see you here.