Local Health District welcomes new Geriatrician

Local Health District welcomes new Geriatrician
Chris Crawford, Chief Executive of the Northern NSW Local Health District said he is pleased to welcome Dr Alison Semmonds, a Geriatrician, who has recently been appointed as a Staff Specialist at the Lismore Base Hospital (LBH).

“Dr Simmonds will be working with Dr Hugh Fairfull-Smith, who is now working fulltime at LBH where he is providing more geriatric services. Dr Fairfull-Smith previously worked in the Rehabilitation Service at Ballina District Hospital for over 25 years,” Mr Crawford said.

“Dr Semmonds will hold Clinics at LBH and Ballina Hospital, and will also provide an outreach service across the Richmond Network,” Mr Crawford said.

Prior to moving to the North Coast Dr Semmonds worked as a Geriatrician and General Physician in a large teaching hospital and before then, she worked for three years in rural NSW prior to undertaking her specialist training in Sydney.

Dr Semmonds said her interests encompass all aspects of aged care and she is looking forward to meeting and helping to care for elderly Richmond Network patients.

“There is strong demand for consultations with a Geriatrician and I am looking forward to seeing patients as promptly as possible. I will work with the community aged care workers so we can work together to give high quality care to our patients,” Dr Semmonds said.

In April Dr Semmonds will travel to Cambodia with International Child Care Australia to do medical clinics in rural villages with a team of nurses and volunteers including her partner Col McKenzie a local landscape designer.

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