By Dr Lakshmi
WHAT IS THE TEAM LIKE?
Both nurses and allied health staff are incredibly nice and supportive. Definitely one of the most pleasant hospitals I have worked at.
Senior staff at the hospital are mostly regular locum doctors with a few permanents which actually provides good continuity of care. Registrars rotate from Concord and either love it or do their time and head home.
TELL US ABOUT THE SETUP OF THE HOSPITAL AND SUPPORT FOR A LOCUM DOCTOR IN Maclean?
The hospital has a small Emergency Department (ED). With one acute medical ward, one subacute medical ward and a rehab ward.
There is a dedicated ED Consultant 24/7, a Rehab Physician Monday to Friday, Medical Consultant that does seven days on, seven days off and is on-call 24/7 and a Geriatrician onsite a few days a week.
As the locum Junior Medical Officer (JMO) you work days primarily in the subacute ward which you cover independently with assistance as needed from the Medical Consultant (they cover the acute ward upstairs.
Subacute has mostly stable patients, with lots of people awaiting allied health reviews and the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). And you can also be called in to help the ED when it gets busy.
X-ray is available every day during business hours and ultrasound during weekdays business hours.
Unfortunately, there is no CT (Computerized Tomography) Scanner and patients are taken for scans and other services to Grafton Base Hospital or Lismore Base Hospital as appropriate by patient transport.
WHAT DOES THE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION LOOK LIKE FOR A LOCUM DOCTOR IN Maclean?
Maclean is a gorgeous town by the Clarence River. It is an absolute must to watch the sunset over the river.
My immediate tip is to plan ahead and buy your groceries enroute by stopping at Grafton, otherwise it is a 10km wander to Yamba for the nearest Woolworths. However, there are some smaller supermarkets in town for emergency supplies.
Maclean is about seven hours drive north of Sydney, or an easy 1.5 hours drive north from Coffs Harbour or 30 minutes north of Grafton should you choose to fly. Thankfully a hire car is provided.
ANY LOCAL’S INSIDE INFORMATION TO SHARE? BEST SWIMMING SPOTS? LOOKOUTS? BIKE OR WALK TRAILS?
I recommend a drive to Brooms Head, Yamba and Angourie, all of which are stunning! There are beaches and coastline for days.
Maclean has a nice little lookout over the region too, and is a good place to spend an hour reminiscing after work with a cold beverage.
TOWN AMENITIES? SHOPS, COFFEE TIPS FOR A LOCUM DOCTOR IN Maclean?
Botero is the best cafe and has the best coffee in town.
There is an incredible brewery called Sanctus in the neighbouring suburb of Townsend (about a five minute drive away). You must try their craft beers, homemade gin and pizzas! Great vibes all round.
Barbaresco in Angourie is also fantastic for a fancy Italian meal.
WOULD YOU GO BACK TO MACLEAN AS A LOCUM DOCTOR?
Absolutely! Though Maclean is a smaller, sleepier town than most it is only a hop, skip and jump away from so many incredible places. The hospital itself is a lovely place to work, with excellent staff.
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