NEW faces were on the wards at Orange hospital yesterday after 14 young doctors started at the hospital as part of their training in NSW public hospitals.
The doctors will work alongside experienced surgeons and clinicians as they expand their experience over the coming months.
The registrars are working in Orange hospital for the next six months as part of a rotation program which operates in NSW hospitals.
Many of the latest group of registrars come from the state’s best-known teaching hospitals including Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Westmead Hospital.
The doctors spent the morning yesterday taking part in orientation programs before heading out to the wards.
Members of the group listened intently as intensive care specialist Dr Keven Quan outlined the challenges that come with Orange as a teaching hospital which co-ordinates patient treatment and transfer from a large area of the state which is part of the Western NSW Local Health District which is the size of Germany.
“Inter-hospital transfers which involve big geography such as we have are perhaps something these doctors have not experienced before,” Dr Quan said.
“They face very different challenges in the delivery of their specialist advice,” he said.
The doctors have accommodation arrangements made for them by the program co-ordinator Barb Polinelli.
“When the registrars arrived here on Sunday night they picked up their information package which included their accommodation keys, passwords and identification which will enable them to move around and work within various areas of the hospital,” said Ms Polinelli.
“We also provide them with information from council about the many activities in and around Orange because they are living here for six months and many of them want to become involved in community life,” she said.
The registrars will be involved in rounds at the hospital working closely with specialist cardiologists, surgeons, and anaesthetists, among other medical professionals.