Hospital has plans to become training hub for doctors

GLADSTONE Hospital could be a one-stop training hub for new medical recruits by 2018.

Director of medical services Dr Nicki Murdock on Thursday revealed the hospital was in the process of seeking accreditation to train first-year doctors.

If adopted, the move could feed more doctors into Gladstone's medical community.

Dr Murdock has already approached the Royal Australian College of Physicians about training pediatricians.

"The hospital must first pass an accreditation process due to begin in May 2014," Dr Murdock said.

She said the hospital had hired a rural generalist trainee to begin work next year.

Dr Murdock said she hoped to transform Gladstone Hospital into a training hub for medical graduates in the next five years.

"I'm hoping the hospital will be thriving as a centre of excellence for teaching and training for regional medicine," she said.

This year the hospital started a graduate nursing training program, with five registered nurses signed up to the course.

The news comes as Gladstone's health community struggles to cope with an increasing population to town.

 To help resolve the issue, Rio Tinto Alcan launched the new Here for Health initiative to get Gladstone's health leaders around the table and talking in December. 

In that time Dr Murdock has recruited five doctors to cover four crucial positions at the public hospital.