What's an Obstetrician?

The Consultant Obstetrician is the person with overall responsibility for your care in the hospital. He will have trained in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and specialised in the care of women with normal and problem pregnancies. His is the last opinion in specific antenatal or delivery situations, and is rarely required to be present for difficult deliveries or operations. A consultant is usually fully accredited by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to undertake such work and also has a role in teaching and training the junior doctors. Consultants have a team of doctors working under them, and as a consultant is often busy you may only meet him if you have a problem or complication, specific request or complaints. It is usually the other members of the medical team whom you will see frequently. You are, however, entitled to see your consultant if you wish and can always make an appointment to see him. The Consultant is usually assisted by a Senior Registrar or Registrar who are normally experienced 'career grade' doctors; the most junior member of the medical team is the Senior House Officer (SHO).
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