Surgery welcomes two new medicos
Thursday, 11th August, 2011
The Broken Hill Medical Centre has announced the addition of two new doctors to its staff.
The clinic’s Di Johnstone said the new doctors would allow greater appointment availability for patients and same day appointments.
“Dr Robert Reid, from Sydney, has agreed to an extended stay in the city. He has previously worked in Broken Hill as a short-term locum,” she said.
Dr Reid comes with a wealth of experience. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1980.
After this he worked in General Practice, most recently in remote areas of Queensland and Western Australia.
Dr Reid fills the position left vacant by the departure of Dr Peter Hocking earlier this year.
Arriving with Dr Reid is his wife, RN Rita Reid, who will be working as a Mental Health Nurse/Counsellor in the Medical Centre and at the South Medical Centre.
Mrs Reid has worked in a variety of situations including hospitals and general practice settings, and comes with over 20 years of experience.
“Her special interest is in childhood and adolescent mental health disorders, and she enjoys engaging families in the process,” Ms Johnstone said.
“It is expected that Mrs Reid will link up with our local schools while offering her services to the patients.”
The second GP addition is an advanced medical registrar, Dr Senan Ruan. Dr Ruan has previously worked in hospitals in Gosford and Concord and in Medical Centres at Lithgow and Wagga Wagga.
As her partner has secured local employment, Dr Ruan is set for a long-term stay in Broken Hill. Her credentials stand her in good stead to meet the health needs of both men and women in the community. Dr Ruan will also be running women’s health clinics in the near future.
“Recruitment is always a sticky point for country Australia and the Broken Hill Medical Centre has been working ceaselessly to ease waiting times and improve appointment availability,” Ms Johnstone said.
“Negotiations are continuing to source more medical staff to ensure the best health care for the people of Broken Hill.”
Dr Shah and Dr Yapa of the Broken Hill Medical Centre both welcomed the new additions and said they were looking forward to developing a strong team with the new medicos.