It’s always sunny in Scunny
Scunthorpe, known for its lack of internet access and electricity on Wednesday mornings, is not what most would hope for as a placement site, as it requires being sociable with no excuse of being stuck in your rooms. However, there is hope – there are many perks of being in Scunthorpe and you’ll be surprised to hear that quite a few students named it as their favourite site!
The accommodation layout
Elsham House is a secure 2-storey building, housing 16 students, with girls and boys separated between the two floors. There are 4 kitchens with dining tables and a large common room in Elsham House, with sofas, large dining table, a selection of fictional books left from previous occupants, and a 1000-piece puzzle, which no group has yet managed to complete. Over the road, 3-6 students live in each flat in Edward Jenner, all sharing a small kitchen and lounge with sofas and a dining table.
Kitchens contain a tall fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, electric oven and hob, ample cupboard spaces, and there may be a range of pots, pans, cutlery, glassware and crockery available in each kitchen. There are cleaners that come weekly to clean communal areas, and no they don’t do your dishes.
There is parking available a short walk away in the ‘hospital pit’, where a permit will be required. Regardless of its name, it is a safe car-park available for staff members only. The permit costs ~£20 for the whole term (5 months), and is obtainable from the security office (which is open 24 hours) adjacent to A&E department on arrival.
There is a restaurant, a small shop, and a 24 hour cash-machine in the hospital. There is a free-shuttle, leaving hourly to go to Grimsby hospital, which can be arranged in the HYMS office.
The rooms are a reasonable size with a single bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, desk and chair, mirror, a second armchair, and a long thin wardrobe. All rooms are en-suite with a shower cubicle, sink and a toilet. Bed sheets, pillows and duvets are not provided, so make sure you bring your own! Despite the window and the light in the room, Scunthorpe doesn’t call for much sunshine, and so it would be advisable to bring your own table lamp, as it can be a little dark.
Unfortunately, there is no internet available as of yet throughout the accommodation (apart from a couple of rooms in Elsham House for unknown reasons). It is surprising how quickly you get used to not having this luxury at your fingertips. However, for those desperate ones who want to check the latest newsfeed on Facebook or change their status on their twitter page, there is available internet access in the HYMS building.
One of the gems of Scunthorpe is the on-site hospital Social Club, where you can enjoy the weekly Tuesday night pub quiz, where you will undoubtedly lose against the one team that is ‘The Silver Surfers’. Also with beverages at very reasonable prices and free pool and snooker on Wednesdays, you’ll be going back for more. For your food shopping, there is a large Sainsburys and Lidl at a walking distance, and a Tesco Extra a short drive away. Scunthorpe town centre is a 15 minute walk away, with a range of high-street shops and charity shops. Although some wouldn’t recommend it, Scunthorpe night out is an experience, and the only mildly ‘busy’ weeknight is a Thursday. A word of advice: go as a group.
For those who want to unwind after a hard day of waiting around for consultants to turn up, there is a fantastic beauty salon in the nearby North Lindsey college that offers beauty treatments at a great price (e.g. ½ hr back massage at £5 + an extra 20% off with NHS discount). There is also sporting facilities at the nearby Pods, and there are sporting fields a short walk away for those who want a game of football or those training up to compete in the next marathon or Tough Mudder event.
HYMS in Scunthorpe
The 24 hour accessible HYMS student centre is in the adjacent building, and you will be greeted by the friendly staff members at the office who will be your first point of call if you ever have any questions in Scunthorpe. There are tutorial rooms, clinical skills rooms, consultation rooms, a study room with a number of computers, vending machines, as well as a large common room supplying free tea and coffee, and a large freeview TV. There is a library attached to the HYMS building, with a comprehensive selection of books that can be loaned out if you’re registered as a library member.