New doctors join high-performing CQ Health team
23 August 2019
New doctors are joining Rockhampton Hospital’s high-performing team that is treating all elective surgery patients on time.
General surgeon (colorectal) Dr Ming Ho, and Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Frode Vindenes are two of the newest members of the team.
Dr Ho came from Brighton in the UK. He worked in Rockhampton 10 years ago as a junior doctor and was happy to return to the sunshine. “It’s quite relaxing, the people are nice and it’s a good team,” he said.
Dr Vindenes has been an orthopaedic surgeon in Norway since 2014 and, with an Australian wife and three children, he was looking to work in Australia. He had no previous knowledge of Rockhampton but is happy with the move. “Rocky’s really nice and friendly.”
Chief Executive Steve Williamson said it had always been a challenge to recruit specialists to regional areas, and he welcomed the new staff, saying the vision of making Rockhampton an employer of choice was coming to fruition.
“We all know what a great region Central Queensland is, and we’re getting better and better at highlighting that and attracting medical staff to join the CQ Health family. I welcome our new doctors and know they’ll be welcomed by the whole community.”
Latest data from July 2019 showed the health service did 514 elective surgeries, up from 467 in June.
Of those surgical procedures, 409 were done at Rockhampton Hospital in July, up from 342 in June.
Surgery isn’t the only performance measure that’s highlighting the good work in CQ Health. During July 11,383 patients came to Emergency Departments, up from 10,945 in June.
Of those presentations, 83 were triaged as category 1 (sickest or most seriously injured) –up from 54 category 1 presentations in June. Every one of those patients was treated immediately.
Mr Williamson said the average time to treatment across all 5 ED categories was just 11 minutes.
“Even though it was a busy month, our staff worked hard to treat patients on time, with 82% of all patients seen within clinically recommended times,” he said.
“I am very proud of the CQ Health staff who all work very hard every day to treat our patients in a timely and effective way; across elective and trauma surgery to emergency presentations.
“Every month, our figures reflect that hard work and show our patients are accessing the care they need and that they deserve,” Mr Williamson said.