ORANGE hospital been given a step up in its status with the announcement it has been accredited to train doctors in the specialist area of accident and emergency medicine.
Orange has been granted approval to train up to six registrars at a time by the Australian College for Emergency Medicine.
Orange Health Service (OHS) director of emergency medicine Doctor Greg Button said the announcement is an important step forward for the hospital.
“Of course these doctors have already been in the system for some time, and have decided this is their speciality and now fortunately we are in a position to be able to provide that training,” said Dr Button.
He said the exciting initiative to be introduced at the hospital would not be possible without the excellent training and support network provided by clinicians.
“They will feel they are not just a number during their training but will be able to have more one on one training,” he said.
Dr Button said the announcement means they will not have to use locums at the hospital.
“There is very much a feeling that in a place like Orange we are able to provide more one on one training,” he said.
“This is another way for our hospital to grow into the future,” Dr Button said.
Dr Button said he is confident doctors making the decision to do their specialist training in Orange will choose to stay and work in Orange when their training is complete.
“We are expecting them to come from everywhere including metropolitan areas and we have a number of applications before us at the moment which we are considering,” he said.
OHS general manager Catherine Nowlan has congratulated Dr Button and his team for their work in the lead-up to the granting of the accreditation.
“We look forward to seeing the emergency medicine registrars join the team and become an important part of our service,” she said.