Here are some insights and information from our locum doctors in Horsham. Everything you need to know about the location and what it looks like to be a locum doctor in rural Victoria.
About the ED team in Horsham
The hospital is Wimmera Base Hospital. The local ED team is incredibly experienced and supportive. That exists in a great, safe place to work.
What is the setup like?
- It is a referring hospital for surrounding smaller satellite bush nursing centres/NH/GP run centres
- There are long-term General Surgeons, Paediatricians and O&G Consultants on-site and on-call
- An ICU exists but no Intensivist / ICU Consultant on-site and patients are managed by local teams or transferred to a Melbourne tertiary hospital as needed.
- The Orthopaedic Surgeon is a phone call away, rotating around several sites but if it cannot be covered here then Ballarat Base Hospital take care of it
- Plastic Surgery cover is always on-call at Warrnambool Base Hospital, particularly for hand trauma
- Urology and ENT Surgery goes to Ballarat who are happy to take calls and look at imaging
- Multi-trauma are usually transferred out but here is a good capacity to stabilise at Horsham prior to transfer
- Mental Health team workers are on-site to see patients with a Visiting Psychiatrist attending and there is no Mental Health Inpatient Unit (MHIU), the nearest are at Ballarat, Mildura or Warrnambool
- There is a Security team on-site
What is Accommodation like For Locum Doctor in Horsham?
Registrars and Locums are provided with accommodation, sometimes it can be a motel if short-term but there are lots of good places to eat locally.
What are the logistics and flight times from major airports?
It is a 4 hours drive from Melbourne, and we recommend to watch out for kangaroos at dawn/dusk and at night!
Tips for town amenities?
A broad range of places to eat but do not leave your evening meal too late unless you want Maccas! Thai Basil takeaway is superb. You can also find amazing shops like Velvet Ark (great decorations ideas) or Imeldas (clothes and shoes)
Any locals’ inside info? Best swimming spots? Lookouts? Bike / walk trails?
There is a great swimming pool, YMCA and other gym facilities, as well as lovely walks locally along the river. The Grampians and Arapiles are close if you like rock climbing (apparently over 4000 different rock climbing routes) or bushwalking/camping. You can also visit Little Desert (30 minutes North). A small oasis in the middle of the desert.
Anything else to add?
We believe it is a great place to work, a real “hidden gem”.