New Rockhampton Hospital intern Dr Grant Pegg who has returned to his home town after years of study
New Rockhampton Hospital intern Dr Grant Pegg who has returned to his home town after years of study CHRIS ISON CI

Boy returns to Rocky as a doctor

AFTER doing his first blood transfusion this week, this former North Rockhampton High School student admits ‘Dr Grant Pegg’ has a nice ring to it.

The 26-year-old is one of 20 recently graduated interns welcomed at Rockhampton Hospital, as they start their new jobs as junior doctors.

The interns, who have come from far and wide, will formally start work this week in a variety of departments including emergency, surgical and medical wards.

After finishing high school, Grant left Rockhampton for Brisbane where he completed a three-year medical imaging degree with the University of Queensland.

Although returning to Rockhampton where he worked as a radiographer with the Mater Hospital, he soon made the decision to move to Canberra where, after four stressful years, he obtained his medical degree. He admits although the new responsibility was intimidating, there was plenty of support available.

“It’s our second week and we are all in it together,” Grant said.

One of triplets, Grant, whose brothers work in accounting and journalism, is grateful for the opportunity to work in a regional hospital.

“It’s good to be at a smaller hospital, you’re not just a number in the crowd.

“You get to step up and do heaps of things you wouldn’t normally get to do in a larger hospital.”

While his brothers no longer reside in Rockhampton, Grant admits there’s no place like home.

“I wasn’t sure I would be coming back, but home is where the heart is and it’s nice to be somewhere familiar when I am in such an unfamiliar role right now.”

The batch of 20, up six from last year’s intake, will significantly change the way in which the hospital operates, says CQ Health Service Medical Services Director Dr Philip Montgomery.

“The increased number will improve rostering,” he admits.

“There will be better work hours, better work conditions and it will ultimately be safer for the public.”

CQ Health Service District chief executive officer Dr Coralee Barker predicts that the intake of domestic medical graduates will be an encouraging boost to the number of doctors in the region.

“These new doctors will develop their skills and interests in medicine as they gain experience under the mentoring and supervision of our senior staff over the next couple of years,” she said.

Dr Barker said she hoped many of the interns will stay in the area after completing their training as junior doctors.

Grant agrees.

“If an opportunity arises here, I will definitely stay.”



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