By Dr Elissa
WHAT IS THE TEAM LIKE?
Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service (aka Mount Gambier Hospital), SA. It’s a small team of very capable and welcoming nurses, doctors and support staff, they made a locum doctor feel at home.
Requesting investigations and referring for admissions is a breeze.
TELL US ABOUT THE SETUP OF THE HOSPITAL AND SUPPORT FOR A LOCUM DOCTOR IN MOUNT GAMBIER?
There is General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics.
Telemedicine is used for Mental Health and Cardiology and the Retrieval Service is just a phone call away.
ED (Emergency Department Doctors) cover MET calls (Medical Emergency Teams) and “Code Blacks” on the Wards.
WHAT DOES THE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION LOOK LIKE FOR A LOCUM DOCTOR IN MOUNT GAMBIER?
I settled in great, but definitely bring an extra jumper and raincoat, just in case it is a little chilly and wet!
Hot tip, the cafe at the hospital opens at 10am Saturday and Sunday, so prepare to be pre caffeinated if you are doing a day shift.
It is either a five hour drive or a simple one hour flight from Adelaide.
The accommodation was a self-selected pet-friendly place but the hospital supplied accommodation that is close to the hospital and comfortable (you would still need use of a car).
ANY LOCAL’S INSIDE INFORMATION TO SHARE? BEST SWIMMING SPOTS? LOOKOUTS? BIKE OR WALK TRAILS?
I highly suggest a walk around the beautiful Blue Lake.
TOWN AMENITIES? SHOPS, COFFEE TIPS FOR A LOCUM DOCTOR IN MOUNT GAMBIER?
You must book into the Barn Steakhouse for a good feed.
WOULD YOU GO BACK TO MOUNT GAMBIER AS A LOCUM DOCTOR?
Definitely. The department is a delight to work for and it is a stunning part of South Australia.
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