"I moved to the West Coast with my family nearly 6 years ago to work as a general surgeon.


My wife and I had been living and working in Northern California and had searched for a long time for the best place in the world for our children to live and for our grandchildren to grow up.


It took a great deal of thought and investigation but it has all paid off.


The West Coast is the place we were seeking."


Jonathan Pace




If you're thinking about working on the Coast as a Senior Medical Officer (SMO), here are some things to think about....

You will be based at Grey Base Hospital which is a 90 bed hospital, and you will be involved in providing essential health services to the West Coast region.


Our Senior Doctors work in:

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Anaesthetics
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency department
  • And Paediatrics (povided in liaison with Canterbury DHB)

Visiting specialists provide the following services:

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Haematology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Renal Medicine
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology

We have close links with the Canterbury DHB as part of a transalpine health service and you can have planned time in Christchurch to maintain your sub-specialty interest. The Coast leads the way nationally reducing isolation through the better use of technology - video-conferencing is used in managing patients as well as providing medical education and collegial support.


We have junior doctors within the hospital (house officers/residents but not registrars within the specialties). On call is usually about 1 in 4 but with a relatively low volume on call workload.


For more about our services,visit: www.westcoastdhb.org.nz/services


For other information visit;

Medical Council of New Zealand



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