In caring hands: interns hit the wards

LAUNCESTON'S newest batch of junior doctors hit the wards at the Launceston General Hospital this week ready for the next stage in their long training.

The 28 new interns included 18 graduates from the University of Tasmania's Launceston Clinical School, which moved into its new home on the top floor of the Northern Integrated Care Centre late last year.

Among them was Emma Hewitt who said that she had never intended to take up a medical career but decided to train as a doctor after accompanying her father - respected surgical consultant Peter Hewitt - on some of his field trips.

Dr Hewitt and LGH accident and emergency nurse Di Butler established links with a small community in the south of Tanzania, in Africa, and led expeditions there to provide medical and other community services.

Mrs Butler and a team of volunteers have continued the work since Dr Hewitt's death.

Ms Hewitt said that she was inspired by her father to choose medicine as a career.

The 18 Launceston Clinical School graduates starting their intern year already know their new workplace well after spending the past two years on the wards as part of their under-graduate training.

The other new interns have come from the Hobart Clinical School or medical schools interstate.

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