Grafton welcomes new faces to Women’s Care Unit

Grafton welcomes new faces to Women’s Care Unit

Grafton Base Hospital (GBH) is excited to welcome several new faces to its Women’s Care Unit as new permanent staff join the team.

In March, Staff Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Meenu Sharma moved from the United Kingdom to take up a position at GBH.

In September, Staff Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Kanewala Jayasekara came on board after training in the UK and working in Western Sydney.

Dr Jayasekara said a number of qualities attracted him to the unit, including the community feel, the teaching opportunities and the lifestyle.

“I have no hesitation in moving my whole family here to the beautiful Clarence Valley to build a life. My wife is a GP and looks forward to joining the community. We plan on being here for the long term to serve the local community,” Dr Jayakesara said.

In 2018/19 the NSW Government is investing $8.1 million to recruit a further 80 new specialised nursing, midwifery and support positions.

L-R: Clinical Midwifery Educator Alison Fels, midwives Sarah Beale, Breahn Schmitzer and Jackie Stephenson.

Seven new midwives from various locations in NSW and Queensland have also joined GBH this year.

“We’re thrilled to be able to attract these skilled staff to the Clarence Valley. Bringing new staff on board is always rewarding for everyone,” Tina Morrison, Acting Midwifery Unit Manager said.

“Our existing staff not only get to learn from the experiences of new staff members, but are also able to mentor them and share their knowledge of midwifery.”

The Maternity Unit provides care for women across the Clarence Valley through a team approach with doctors and midwives working together. In 2017-18, 361 babies were born at the facility.

The Women’s Care Unit is a family-friendly unit providing a range of services to support women and new families, including a 4-bed Special Care Nursery, home visiting after birth and birth and parenting groups during pregnancy.

Midwife Keltie Foster moved to the Clarence Valley several years ago after living in the city, and fell in love with working in the Women’s Care Unit.

“I truly feel privileged to be a part the team that is here to provide women and baby-centred care at a wonderfully unique time in their lives,” Keltie said.

Top image: Grafton Base Hospital Women’s Care Unit staff cutting the cake. L-R: midwives Keltie Foster, Alison Fels, Breahn Schmitzer, and Jackie Stephenson, Dr. Meenu Sharma Staff Specialist Obstetrics & Gynaecology, midwife Sarah Beale and Tina Morrison Acting Nurse Unit Manager.

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