Roots are now down in Biloela
BILOELA Hospital's new permanent Director of Medical Services has put down roots, moving his family to town as part of the community.
Dr G. B. Singh has worked at the hospital as a locum doctor since 2010, working full-time for the past two years, and he's delighted to become the first permanent head doctor in many years.
His family has moved from Western Australia to become Biloela locals.
His wife is studying nursing and his son and daughter, aged 10 and eight, are attending 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,” Dr Singh said.
"It's an amazing community.”
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.”
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.
"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.”