High praise for Wanganui Hospital's surgical services

Wanganui Hospital’s first surgical education and training programme ‘advanced-level’ trainee has left Whanganui with nothing but praise for the hospital and the staff she worked with.
On her final day of a six-month general surgery placement at the hospital, general surgery registrar Dr Akanksha Bhargava said she had loved her time at Wanganui Hospital, she wished she could stay longer and that six months had been far too short.
Dr Bhargava said the patients she’d treated had been very accommodating of the fact she was a surgical trainee and the staff had treated her as “one of the family”.
“Everyone was very welcoming and accepting,” Dr Bhargava said. “And Wanganui Hospital is run very well. The different departments work well together and the people make all the difference. I would highly recommend Wanganui Hospital to my colleagues and I would love to come back to work here when I have completed my training.”
Whanganui District Health Board general surgery consultant and Head of Department Dr Semisi Aiono said it’s important that Wanganui Hospital plays its part in providing on-going training for future medical professionals including the hospital’s surgical workforce.
“Wanganui Hospital has a lot to contribute to surgical registrar training at preliminary and advanced levels,” he said. “We’ve enjoyed having Dr Bhargava with us and look forward to working with further trainees.”
WanganuiHospitalexpects to take up to three advanced level surgical trainees a year.
WanganuiHospital joined the Advanced Training Programme in surgery (managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) at the beginning of the year. This automatically entitles the hospital to be part of the national general surgical training programme.

Caption: Whanganui surgeon Mr Gerard Bonnet, Dr Akanksha Bhargava and WDHB general surgery consultant and head of department Mr Semisi Aiono.