Hospital doctors work in wards and outpatient clinics, predominantly in the public sector , but also in the private sector.
As well as treating patients, they refer them to a wide range of other healthcare professionals including nurses, radiographers, pharmacists and physiotherapists. Hospital doctors work within a number of specialties, of which the most common are:
- emergency medicine;
- general medicine;
- general surgery;
- obstetrics and gynaecology;
- trauma and orthopaedics.
Specific tasks depend on the specialty - a surgeon's daily tasks are significantly different from those of a doctor working in accident and emergency (A&E) or a general physician. However, the following responsibilities are likely to be carried out on a daily or weekly basis, regardless of the doctor's specialty: