Recruitment drive |targets specialists

Armadale Health Service executive director Chris Bone has big plans for the hospital. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d411218
Armadale Health Service executive director Chris Bone has big plans for the hospital. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d411218

It opened an Acute Medical Unit in April and a dedicated medical training unit in May to support junior doctors, and Armadale Health Service executive director Chris Bone met with City of Armadale chief executive Ray Tame to discuss how more medical professions could be attracted.

‘In the south east corner we always have incredible difficulty attracting staff,’ Mr Bone said.

Doctors want access to good private schools with good transport links and close networks with their peers, plus the ability to afford a house and business.

A recent survey showed most staff intended to stay at Armadale but as the hospital expands, more must be recruited.

‘Paediatrics is exciting here not just the numbers of patients but we’ve been able to retain more acute kids which makes it more interesting to paediatricians,’ Mr Bone said.

The hospital opened a neonatal unit in 2010 and Mr Bone said there were many children in the area with developmental challenges who required paediatric care.

Last week, a 24-bed paediatric ward, five paediatric day surgery beds and a dedicated paediatric emergency area was announced by Health Minister Kim Hames.