Two of our Gibbons made the journey down to Tasmania last week to meet our fantastic locum doctor in Tasmania. Shannon and Anna absolutely loved getting in front of some of the great people we previously only had the pleasure to speak with over the phone. They also picked up some great local tricks and tips to share.
WHAT ARE THE LOGISTICS AND FLIGHT TIMES FROM MAJOR AIRPORTS?
Coming from Sydney, it was easiest to fly into Hobart and then jump in a hire car to make their way up to Launceston (apparently, it’s pronounced “LON-CESTON” – they got told off for this one!). It is a beautiful drive through the hills and only takes 2.5 hours.
ANY LOCALS’ INSIDE INFO? WHAT DO YOU DO DURING YOUR TIME OFF, AS A LOCUM DOCTOR IN TASMANIA?
On arrival in Launceston, the girls met for a coffee with Emma from LGH medical administration team. She recommended we go to Cafe Mondello. It is a short walk from the hospital and even has some accommodation in the back they offer to locum doctors (with free breakfast). The coffee was delicious and we even saw one of our current Blugibbon locums grabbing one on his break.
Next on the agenda was lunch with another one of our locum doctor in Tasmania. Shannon and Anna walked a whole five metres down the road to Cafe Elaia, what a place!
They could tell a gibbon a mile off and recommended the Barringwood Pinot Gris to accompany anything on the menu. It is a must that you say hi to the waitress Anne if you ever make it there.
Cut to a few hours later, Shannon and Anna checked in to The Moss at Salamanca Place in Hobart. The girls could not recommend this hotel highly enough. Peter (the concierge) was so welcoming and the architecture, design and location were top notch.
A quick walk down through the harbour leads our gibbons to Frank, the restaurant. Where they met a few of our locum doctors in Tasmania. And Simone, who looks after all things locums at Hobart Private Hospital. The food was delicious and the company was even better. It was a great opportunity for the locum doctors to discuss the ins and outs of Hobart life, hospital operations and just have a good laugh.
You would think the girls would be stuffed full by now. But they had one more lunch on the books. You cannot walk more than a block in Hobart without passing somewhere with good seafood. So it would be silly not to try some out. They met up with one of our Blugibbon doctors who had just finished up a night shift for a beautiful lunch at Mures Upper Deck (right on the water and with a view back to Royal Hobart Hospital).
ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
Another must in Hobart is driving up to Mount Wellington. Shannon and Anna made their way up (very high) and had the most amazing view of Hobart and the surrounding landscape. Anna gave you the weekly Blugibbon update video from the top of the mountain which was pretty special – if you have not seen it yet, check it out on our Instagram!
It was a whirlwind of a trip but having the opportunity to see the wonderful locum doctor in Tasmania we work with everyday in person is what makes it all worth it. Every single person the girls interacted with in Tasmania, from the hire car assistant to the waitstaff, were incredibly hospitable and kind. Launceston and Hobart are both beautiful places to explore and work!
Some links you can find helpful before your shift in Tasmania