Bamaga is a small town in the north of Queensland, with a popluation of 780. The hospital is staffed by three medical officers and nine nurses, providing acute care and 24 hour cover. There are fourteen beds – two nursing home type beds, two emergency beds and one maternity bed. Daily outpatient clinics are held in general medicine, obstetrics, paediatrics and respiratory medicine. Visiting medical officers also provide additional services, for example in ophthalmology and diabetes. Bamaga Hospital is a small medical facility in a remote area – acute emergency cases are either transported by helicopter to nearby Thursday Island Hospital or taken by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Cairns. As such, this elective offers an opportunity to explore an interest in rural medicine and a chance to be involved in the welfare of a small community.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
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