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As much as the job adverts and emails like to glorify each and every locum location across the country, at Blugibbon we think any feedback and information should come straight from the guys and girls working there, our locum doctors!

Today we bring you the next of our Locum Locations series, giving you the lowdown on a department and the location, this time for another Western Australia favourite for doctors, Broome. Dr Marco, over to you!

The Department

The experience was first-class. The Broome Emergency Department has 14 beds with two resus bays, eight major beds, six minors, a quick-care room and a mental health room.

Generally it is a GP-run hospital, with GP specialists running theatres, HDU and maternity. There are locum fly-in fly-out Surgeons that have a much broader scope of practice given its rural location. Referrals span a wide area from Kununurra to Coral Bay and the medicine is interesting with a large amount of indigenous health and people often presenting late from remote communities.

Acuity is varied, often with many General Practice-type presentations. However Broome gets its fair share of sick patients, and with that you are well supported by GP Anaesthetists and RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) retrievals are not infrequent.

Most importantly the staff are awesome. The hospital is full of some very experienced doctors and nurses and an overall great working atmosphere.

The Location

Broome is truly amazing, with a good number of restaurants and watering holes. Aarli cafe, and Matso’s brewery were two of our favourites.

Depending on the time of the year there are a few festivals on and recently we were there when Shinju Matsuri was on. There is always a bit of a buzz for “Staircase to the Moon” where a full moon gives a staircase effect on the mud flats.

Broome is a fantastic spot to launch out to some of the most beautiful parts of Australia including Gibb River Road, Horizontal Falls and Cape Leveque. With a few more days’ drive you can get to Karinjini and Exmouth that are both sensational locations. Just be aware that when planning a trip to Broome some roads may be closed during the wet season.

Here at Blugibbon we understand 2020 has been a challenge for most Locum Doctors here in Australia. If you have questions around your visa situation, AHPRA registration or if your looking for the best locum Doctor jobs on the market, we can help.

If you are interested in doing some Locum work in 2021 and like the sound of Broome, get in touch with us today on [email protected] or 02 8960 6445.

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