Dr Bitmead takes on emergency role
GIVING back to the Ipswich community was one of the driving factors behind Daniel Bitmead’s decision to take on the director of emergency role at the Ipswich Hospital.
Dr Bitmead took up the position in recent weeks but said it was a role he did not see himself doing until only recently.
But with the upcoming expansion to the hospital, including the emergency department, Dr Bitmead said it was an exciting time to take on the position.
“If you asked me two years ago would I be director of an emergency department I probably would have laughed, to be truthful,” Dr Bitmead said.
“But it’s been a good opportunity to go out and get some good training and bring that expertise back to Ipswich.
“I have always felt I’ve owed a bit to Ipswich because I did so much training here and grew up here as a kid too.”
Dr Bitmead was raised in Raceview after moving from New South Wales as a six-year-old, and later did his internship at the Ipswich Hospital starting in 1998.
He stayed until about 2002 before going to a few other hospitals and receiving a fellowship as a specialist in emergency medicine in 2008.
While he is still getting his head around the new director position, Dr Bitmead said he was keen to play a part in the expansion of the hospital.
“With the expansion, we have a responsibility to improve both the size and skill mix of our workforce, so that’s going to be a challenge as well,” he said.
“But hopefully we’ll be able to look back and say ‘look where we have come from’. I’m sure that will be very rewarding when it comes to fruition.”
The $128.7 million expansion will deliver an additional 90 beds to the hospital by 2016, as well as a major expansion to the emergency department.
The expansion will triple the size of the emergency department and add a further 30 treatment spaces, including 12 dedicated paediatric spaces and a paediatric waiting area.
There will also be an additional six adult and six paediatric short-stay beds.