Health Centre Recruiting Another New GP

Isles of Scilly Health Centre

Isles of Scilly Health Centre

Our islands’ Health Centre is recruiting another GP.

They’re making an early start to find a replacement for Dr Randolph Hessing, who retires next February.

Lead GP, Dr John Garman, said it’s to ensure there’s a smooth transition and continuity between the two doctors.

John says they’ve already had a lot of interest from GP’s who have holidayed in Scilly in the past, so know a bit about the islands.

And that’s an advantage, he feels, because people need to have some appreciation of what it’s like to live in such a close knit community.

John says doctors here need to be able to work under pressure in a remote environment.

This is one of the most important aspects of the job, says John, because a helicopter could take two hours to arrive and there’s limited backup and diagnostics available in the meantime.

They’re also looking for some key skills such as neonatal life support and pre-hospital trauma, although full training can be provided.

Recruiting doctors to the islands’ Health Centre has proved difficult in the past because it’s seen as small and cut-off.

But John feels that, now it’s part of the larger Helston practice, there are more options for professional development.

He’s hoping to find a doctor who wants to be here for the long term, which is why he’s emphasised what a good place Scilly is for families, and having accommodation available should also help.

It’s an incredibly varied job, says John, with the potential for high levels of job satisfaction. He’s confident they’ll have someone in place by February.