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Specialist - Rural Emergency Medicine

Employer Waikato DHB
Workplace Thames Hospital
Specialty Emergency Medicine
Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer
Hours per week N/A
Commencement date Open
Application closing date Open
Employer Waikato DHB Workplace Thames Hospital
Specialty Emergency Medicine Term Permanent
Grading Medical Officer Commencement date Open
Hours per week N/A Application closing date Open

Job description

Full or part time
Job Number WAI05453

We are seeking applicants for positions, in our rural emergency medicine department. Thames is a rural hospital serving a catchment population of 45,000 in the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki Plains, with the population swelling over the summer holidays.

We have a 15 bed emergency department seeing 18,000 patients per year, and 24/7 laboratory and radiology services, including CT. The inpatient unit has 40 beds split between general medicine, low acuity surgery and rehabilitation. Those requiring specialist care are transferred to Waikato hospital, just over one hour away by road. Virtual health continues to develop in Thames, with ward rounds, outpatients, and stroke thrombolysis all supported by telehealth.

The emergency department is staffed by an eclectic mix of doctors – rural specialists, emergency medical officers and emergency specialists. We assess all patients presenting acutely to the hospital and treat or admit as required. We provide procedural sedation for both adults and children when necessary. Thames is accredited for training medical students years 4 and 6, and for rural registrar training.

The hospital has an on-site gym and we have fishing and tramping on our doorstep, and surf just over the hill. The town is equally spaced between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga for your urban fix.

The posts may be full time or part time to accommodate your other interests. The roster is full shift, including night duty, with no on-call. There is clinical support from a physician on-call 24/7 and a surgeon on-call for part of the week.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please call Dr Gillian Twinem, Clinical Lead Emergency Department Thames on +64 220 66321 or by email –

For further information visit our website

Closing date: Open until filled

Qualifications required

• At least 3 years experience in rural or emergency medicine.
• An understanding of the challenges and rewards of rural hospital practice.
• Current acute life support courses – adult, paediatric.
• Enthusiasm to join the hospital and wider community.

Have any questions?
Vacancy contact details
Name Dr Gillian Twinem
Position Clinical Lead Emergency Department, Thames
Phone +64 220 66321
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