Biloela's full-time head doctor puts down roots
12 November 2018
Biloela Hospital’s new permanent Director of Medical Services has put down roots, moving his family to town as part of the community.
Dr GB Singh has worked at the hospital as a locum doctor since 2010, working full-time hours for the past two years, and he’s delighted to become the first permanent head doctorin many years.
Dr Singh said the hospital was starting to shore up a secure medical workforce, after relying heavily on locum doctors for many years.
“My signing on as permanent DMS has already made a huge impact with the other doctors,” he said. “We’ve had several who have worked here as a locum over the years now apply for a permanent position.”
By March next year Dr Singh hopes to have a full complement of permanent doctors in Biloela, including three GP anaesthetists, three GP obstetricians, and one GP with advanced emergency skills.
This fits in well with CQ Health’s strategic vision Destination 2030: Great Care for Central Queenslanders of providing more care closer to home.
“Having permanent GP anaesthetists means we can use visiting surgeons to do more surgeries in the operating theatre here in Biloela,” Dr Singh said.
“More GP obstetricians means we can deliver more babies closer to home in Biloela.” Dr Singh’s family has moved from Western Australia to become Biloela locals. His wife is studying nursing and his son and daughter, aged 10 and 8, are at Biloela State School. His parents have also moved to Biloela from India.
“The Biloela community is very warm hearted, and they have embraced us as their own,” he said. “It’s an amazing community.”
In fact, Dr Singh says sometimes they’re a little too polite when it comes to night-time medical calls, when patients have been known to wait until morning to seek medical attention.
“The hospital ED is a 24-hour service and our staff are always here to help,” Dr Singh said.
“There’s enough services in town, good education, shops, churches, sports, and this should be enough to encourage other doctors and nurses to consider working in Biloela and, like me, call it home.”
Dr Singh did his medical training in India, and moved to Australia in 2000. He worked for the first six years in tertiary hospitals in mostly emergency and anaesthetics. He then spent five years in Karratha and five years in Derby in the Kimberley before moving to Biloela.
“Now it’s time to settle down and give the kids a good stable base,” Dr Singh said.
Dr Singh enjoys a weekly game of badminton and his children play soccer, swim and do jujitsu.
He also has a group of doctors ready to start providing fully bulk-billed GP after-hours oncall services from 6pm to midnight.