Two doctors for Armidale

TWO  doctors were added to the staff of Armidale hospital yesterday.

Politicians Adam Marshall and Barnaby Joyce were among those who welcomed doctors Nihal Nanda and Steve Doherty to the team.

“This is very good news for the Armidale community and it’s great to see that Armidale hospital continues to attract high quality medical staff,” the state MP for Northern Tablelands, Mr Marshall, said.

“These appointments will enhance the hospital’s services and capacity, as well as strengthen patient care in the region.

“The appointment of these two doctors will have a significant impact on the Armidale and Northern Tablelands communities with the re-establishment of some services and a boost in education and skill development of emergency department doctors and nurses.”

Dr Nanda will take up a specialist position in rehabilitation/

geriatrics medicine and general medicine and Dr Doherty is an emergency specialist who will work in Armidale two days a fortnight.

“Dr Nanda had been working with Armidale hospital as an advanced trainee before attaining his Fellowship with The Royal Australasian College of Physicians,” Mr Marshall said.

Armidale hospital general manager Dona Withnell said Dr Nanda’s appointment was a win for Armidale hospital.

“He is the first physician to complete training and attain this 

fellowship while at Armidale  hospital,” Ms Withnell said.

“It’s great that we can support our staff to achieve this type of qualification and keep them in town 

afterwards.”

The appointment of Dr Nanda will see the re-establishment of a geriatric and rehabilitation service for Armidale and the tablelands.

Dr Doherty is a senior emergency physician who has been working for some time at Tamworth 

hospital.

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