New Paediatrician loves Gladstone life
13 November 2019
Consultant Paediatrician Dr Sarah Townsend started work at Gladstone Hospital in October and is loving the opportunities provided by living and working in Central Queensland.
Dr Townsend did a short stint as a Consultant in regional Queensland last year (and also completed some training in Queensland) and thoroughly enjoyed the work and the people.
With the added attraction of having family in Queensland, it wasn’t too difficult to make the move from Victoria.
“I’m enjoying the sunshine and the outside lifestyle,” she said.
Dr Townsend’s arrival means the Gladstone Hospital Paediatrics Department now has a full complement of three permanent staff specialists.
“The Paediatricians here look after babies immediately post-birth and unwell children from birth to 16 years.
“We also see children with medical, developmental and learning difficulties in Outpatients.”
Dr Townsend said the addition of the new nursery in the Gladstone Hospital Paediatrics Department in May this year was a real plus for the Gladstone community.
“We have excellent neonatal nurses and paediatric ward nurses here. That’s a real opportunity to provide a service to the community.
“More ladies can give birth here and we can safely care for their babies here and that’s a huge advantage for the community.”
Dr Townsend also specialises in community child health, focusing on developmental and behavioural issues.
She said this work was so rewarding, with seemingly small changes making a big difference in the lives of young patients.
“In Outpatients, you have the opportunity to make changes, or support parents to make changes, that can change the trajectory of a child’s life.”
BELOW: Consultant Paediatrician Dr Sarah Townsend, pictured with a beautiful new arrival and Registered Nurse Alicia Gallen, is delighted the Gladstone Hospital's nursery will allow more Gladstone mothers to deliver locally.