Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone.
Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone. Christopher Chan GLA300512HOSP

Meet Gladstone Hospital's emergency clinical director

Gladstone Hospital's two new emergency specialists, clinical director of energency Dr Syed Khadri, left, and specialist emergency consultant and director of emergency training, Dr Abbas Mahani.
Gladstone Hospital's two new emergency specialists, clinical director of energency Dr Syed Khadri, left, and specialist emergency consultant and director of emergency training, Dr Abbas Mahani. Allen Winter

DR SYED Khadri loves cricket but he admits for the past few weeks he hasn't had time to keep an eye on his home country's team in its clashes with the Australian team.

Dr Khadri completed his medical training in India and his career has taken him to Saudi Arabia, central London, Brisbane and now to Gladstone hospital's emergency department as the clinical director.

While in Brisbane he was closely associated with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where he practised retrieval medicine, which gave him an opportunity to see first hand how medicine works in regional Australia.

It was this experience that attracted him to his new role at Gladstone.

"I came to Gladstone as a locum and Gus (the hospital's departing emergency clinical director Augustus Kigotho) sold me his vision and here I am," he said.

He said he held high Dr Kigotho's dream to gain Australian College of Emergency Medicine recognition as a full training hospital - a change that will see the hospital receive emergency trainees who are dedicated to becoming emergency specialists.

"We just need one more specialist and we will be able to achieve that recognition," he said.

Emergency medicine was a unique specialty, he said.

"We see a lot of trauma and we have to make quick decisions about how to treat patients," he said.

"It can be a life or death decision."



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