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Emergency skills on the rise in Grafton

Two Grafton-based doctors are bringing the latest knowledge and expertise to the Emergency Department after completing advanced training in emergency medicine.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said Doctors Rakash Goyal and Bazel Lodhi have successfully completed the Emergency Medical Certificate (EMC) through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

Mr Gulaptis said while working full-time at Grafton Base Hospital Emergency Department, the two doctors undertook 12 months of study and sat their final exams in late 2018, both achieving excellent results.

“Although it can be a juggle managing life, work and study, the knowledge gained from this course has really sparked my confidence as an emergency physician,” Dr Lodhi said.

This qualification equips doctors with additional knowledge and up to date skills in handling emergency presentations, enabling them to provide safe patient care in a time-pressured environment.

Mr Gulaptis said Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital are both Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) sites, and there are plans to support other medical staff through the program.

“Grafton Base Hospital is about to undergo a $17.5 million upgrade, with work on the Ambulatory Care Centre scheduled to begin within weeks, following the recent announcement of the main contract being awarded,” Mr Gulaptis said.

The project includes a new two storey building, under croft loading dock, links to the existing hospital campus and public drop off zone.

For more information about EMET, contact Greta Enns, Grafton EMET Program coordinator at [email protected]