Orthopedic surgeon for hospital
A NEW-look Grafton Base Hospital has also welcomed its first orthopedic surgeon, it was announced last week.
Dr Sam Martin has taken up the position of visiting medical officer for GBH and Maclean District Hospital, and will be seeing
patients from this week, with an eye to getting into the GBH’s new orthopedic operating theatre as soon as possible.
“The new theatre is world class,” he said.
Dr Martin did his training in Queensland, and most recently has spent a year in Belgium refining his specialty.
He was excited about living in the Clarence Valley because of the natural beauty of the place, as well as its beaches.
He said he could make a difference working in a rural area, rather than joining a crowd of orthopedic surgeons in the city.
As many as 850 patients a year have to leave the Clarence Valley for orthopedic surgery, he said.
While he won’t come close to seeing that number of patients, at least some of the valley’s residents won’t have to leave the area to have surgery.
Dr Martin will also be consulting, so patients won’t have to travel to get a specialist opinion, he said.
Dr Martin’s wife will join him later this year.
He is looking at accommodation, having to yet decide on a house in town or a rural area.