RMOs provide day and overnight cover at hospitals, providing safe practice care while the consultants are not on site. Typically this involves being on call in case of urgent situations and during the day carrying out general ward work in line with the specific hospital job description; this often includes updating consultants, blood taking, cannulation, pharmacy procedures and may include clerking patients. Hospitals vary in size and in the specific procedures carried out.
Most doctors elect to work as a RMO on week on week off rotations. Doctors on these rotations are on call 24 hours per day 7 days per week during their working week and are required to remain on the hospital site during that time, however most hospitals only require 7-9 hours of work during the day and responses to night calls two or three times per week. Meals and accommodation are provided free of charge for the RMO whilst on duty.
Our RMOs provide cover to mainly private surgical hospitals, some NHS and psychiatric hospitals within the UK.