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Senior Medical Officer

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 time
Job Number: THA00009

Come and join us in Thames, at the gateway to the Coromandel!

We are seeking applicants for a full time position 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 medicine 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 roster is full shift, including night duty, with no on-call. There is local clinical support from a physician on-call 24/7 and a surgeon on-call for part of the week. Clinical support is available for all specialities via our base hospital at Waikato. CME and relocation costs are as per the Multi Employer Collective Agreement. We encourage interest and applications from our Māori communities.

Please apply directly online at For any queries about the role please contact Dr. Gillian Twinem, Clinical Director of Thames Hospital, at

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, pediatric
• Enthusiasm to join the hospital and wider community

• Postgraduate certificate in clinician performed US
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Vacancy contact details
Name Dr Gillian Twinem
Position Clinical Director, Thames Hospital
Phone 027 222 9736
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