MidCentral District Health Board

The base regional hospital in Palmerston North has a dedicated Intensive Care UnitCoronary Care Unit and Neonatal Unit, amongst other services, and provides one of the largest trauma centres in New Zealand.
 
The hospital provides services to a geographic area of around 880,000 hectares (ha) and spans the North Island of New Zealand, from the western coast of the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Otaki districts, to the Tararua district on the eastern coast.

Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary care hospital, which services an urban population of 75,000 and a total population catchment of 160,000, increasing to 500,000 for the delivery of some tertiary services. In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.

In 2001, Palmerston North Hospital completed a major site redevelopment project. The $56 million investment followed six years hard work and planning and resulted in upgraded buildings providing an attractive and functional environment for patients, visitors and staff.
 
Building on from this work, MidCentral Health has developed a Clinical Services Plan which models future demand for secondary care (hospital) services and identifies the capacity resources and models of care required to meet this demand. This is leading to a review of buildings and will provide a long term blue print for hospital service development. 

24/02/2020
MidCentral District Health Board / Palmerston North Hospital are looking for 5 additional full time FACEMs (or international equivalent), eligible for vocational or locum specialist registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand, to join our enthusiastic team. You will be joining a strong team of 11 Emergency Physicians from New Zealand, the UK, the US, Canada, and South Africa, as well as 3 clinical nurse specialists and 1 nurse practitioner. We are responsible for supervising 18 resident medical officers (a mix of registrars and senior house officers) as well as 6th year medical students from the University of Otago. We are accredited for 1 year advanced training by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and have a highly successful teaching programme for both Part I and Part II ACEM examinations. Each week we have protected teaching time, including time in our simulation centre, for registrars, house officers, and students. The Palmerston North Hospital ED sees approximately 48,000 adult and paediatric presentations per annum, with an admission rate of around 30%. We are an Australasian Level 4 ED and regional trauma centre, and see a higher than average trauma workload due to agricultural injuries from the many farms in the area as well as road accidents from the several state highways transecting the region. We have a trauma team that operates 24/7 and, working closely with our surgical and anaesthetic colleagues, we have recently updated and refined our trauma and disaster protocols. We have access to all acute services on-site with the exception of neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and plastic surgery; patients requiring these services are transferred to Wellington Hospital or Hutt Hospital. Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital on the lower North Island, servicing a total catchment population of approximately 200,000 people, of which approximately 90,000 live in the city. We serve a geographically large area that includes isolated rural townships in the Manawatu, Tararua, and Horowhenua regions, as well as the New Zealand Defence Force facilities Linton Military Camp and Ohakea Airforce Base. Our catchment area has a higher than average population of Maori and Pacific people, and we are committed to achieving equity in health care for them. Palmerston North itself is a vibrant, multicultural city that is home to outstanding primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, including Massey University. There are excellent restaurants and shoppes, and ample local opportunities for outdoor activities including mountain biking, tramping, fishing, hunting, and camping. Palmerston North has recently opened a lovely new cycle way and walkway across and along the Manawatu River, and there are plans for many more civic improvements over the next few years. We are also an easy drive to the Tasman Sea, Hawkes Bay, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu, and Lake Taupo. Our airport has recently been expanded, and there are multiple flights every day to and from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Cost of living is reasonable, housing is affordable, and rural living with stunning views only minutes from town is easily achievable. If you are interested in joining our collegial, motivated team, please contact Dr David Prisk, Medical Lead, Emergency Department at [email protected] or Anita Roberts, Recruitment Coordinator, at [email protected] or +64 06 350 8849.
MidCentral District Health Board Palmerston North, New Zealand Full time
24/02/2020
Palmerston North Hospital is recruiting for Emergency Medicine Registrars. Palmerston North is located in the southern half of the North Island of New Zealand, with a catchment population of 180,000. Our Emergency Department is accredited for 12 months of Advanced Training with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and are Pediatric Log Book Accredited. MidCentral DHB have approved us to recruit 9 Registrar positions. Our hospital is an Australasian Level 4 regional trauma, non-bypass centre receiving approximately 48,000 ED presentations per annum, roughly 130/day (20% paeds). Palmerston North is located at the intersection of State Highways 1 and 3, and is the largest city in the Manawatu region. We see both blunt and penetrating trauma, admitting approximately 50 Trauma cases with ISS 15 or greater per year. We assess and manage the full spectrum of high acuity paediatric and adult medical and surgical patients. We are an increasingly busy department and have maintained a 30% admission rate for several years. We have access to all medical and surgical subspecialties with the exception of cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgery; patients requiring these services are transferred to Wellington. Our Trainees have found they have a high rate of exposure to critical procedures compared to other large departments. You will also have access to excellent non-ED, accredited runs including… • Anaesthetics – satisfies Critical Care component of Advanced Training • ICU – 6 or 12 month rotations • Paediatric • Medicine • Cardiology Our consultant group have trained in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and the US; we currently have 11 full-time consultants and have recently been approved to recruit to 16. At this point, 8 of 11 SMOs are FACEMs, and this number increases yearly. All consultants have a strong commitment to education. We run weekly, protected registrar-led teaching sessions as well as regular critical incident, clinical radiology, and paediatric teaching. We also have monthly sessions in our simulation centre. We have an exceptionally high 1st time pass rate for the Part I exam, a track record we are committed to continuing. We also have good support for clinical research, with the dedicated personnel and desire to expand this aspect of our practice. Our fellowship preparation program is well established, run by one of our FACEMs who very recently sat the new format exam. There is capacity for part-time work when you are preparing for ACEM examinations. There are dedicated and separate DEMT, WBA coordinator and Mentor roles with protected Clinical Support time. As a department, we are committed to patient-centred care. We are looking for doctors with a team focus, excellent communication skills, and a clear commitment to emergency medicine. Palmerston North offers a high quality of life outside the ED, with a range of quality accommodation options, very good retail services, the highest ratio of cafes and restaurants per head of population in New Zealand, and all without the hassle of traffic jams and long commutes. We have excellent opportunities for outdoor activity including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, every imaginable sports club and white sandy beaches on our doorstep. Within a couple of hours drive are two of New Zealand’s most highly regarded wine regions, and Wellington (the capital of NZ). Within 3 hours drive lie the ski slopes of Ruapehu, the outdoor mecca of the Central Plateau, and the ever popular tourist town of Lake Taupo. To apply, or for more information, please contact Dr Chris Underwood, FACEM and DEMT at [email protected] or Christine Wood, Medical Recruitment specialist at [email protected] or call +64 6 350 8204.
MidCentral District Health Board Palmerston North, New Zealand Full time