About the Job

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Head Medical have opportunities for General Medicine SHO/ Middle Grade doctors  to join a close knit team located in Invercargill.  Invercargill is known as “The Friendly City” – and it really is, with its clean air and wide-open spaces, a welcoming community, and a modern hospital.

  • Incredible scenery and diverse wildlife – explore the great outdoors from beaches to mountains, see dolphins, whales and native birds

  • Friendly and Supportive multidisciplinary team

  • Opportunity for exposure to ambulatory work

  • Explore Queenstown, Wanaka, Fiordland, Stewart Island and The Catlins

  • December 2023/ January 2024 commencement - 12 month contract

The Hospital

Southland Hospital is a modern, 181 bed, secondary level 4 base hospital situated in Invercargill.  The Hospital services a population of approximately 108,000 throughout Invercargill, Queenstown, Gore, Stewart Island and rural Southland.  

The Department of Medicine is fully staffed with New Zealand trained General Physicians, many of whom are also qualified in various subspecialties. All medical patients are admitted to General Medicine, unlike larger hospitals where some patients are siphoned off to specialty inpatient teams. This ensures excellent breadth and depth of exposure to a wide range of medical conditions. There are number of teaching opportunities allowing you to broaden your clinical and procedural skills (managing non-invasive ventilation, administering Thrombolysis therapy, and pleural procedures). You will also gain exposure to ambulatory work within the onsite subspecialties provided by the dual trained General Physicians which include Cardiology, Respiratory, Endocrinology, Nephrology and Gastroenterology

The location

Invercargill has real character, with its wide roads and heritage buildings reflecting the history of the city. For a small city, there’s a lot going on. Locals love their down time and with short commutes to work and no traffic jams, life just feels more relaxed.  The local airport has daily flights to Christchurch and Wellington international airports, making international connections really easy.

Southland is a diverse geographic region comprising of wild, rugged coastlines, two national parks including the awe inspiring Fiordland which features a number of New Zealand's internationally renowned ' Great Walks', i.e Milford, Greenstone and Caples tracks. If you enjoy wildlife, visit the Catlins for the yellow-eyed penguins and rare Hector’s Dolphins. Stewart Island is a charter flight or a boat ride away and so tranquil and virtually untouched, it remains one of the few places in NZ where you can see Kiwi birds at night in their natural habitat…but only if you stay quiet, because they’re very shy.

Oreti Beach is a nice place to sit and watch the waves crash in or walk along its beautiful shores. If adventure is more your style, then it’s only a short distance to New Zealand’s international adventure playground in Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with premier ski resorts, bungy jumping, heli-skiing, mountain biking, paragliding, sky diving…

With its temperate oceanic climate, you do get a real sense of summer and winter, which means you can enjoy a range of pastimes on the water or on the slopes. In high summer they can experience 23 – 28c degree days. Just because you’re down south, it doesn’t mean it’s always cold!

Although if the cold is something you happily embrace, Invercargill is also a stop off point for international Antarctic expeditions and an easy drive to the snowy slopes. Southland Hospital also maintains staff holiday homes in Queenstown, Te Anau and Arrowtown, so you and the family can explore all these wonderful locations.

For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Sharon today.

sharon@headmedical.com / +44 (0) 131 240 5276

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