The Mackay Hospital and Health Service (HHS) is pleased to welcome two new senior obstetrics and gynaecology specialists to the team at the Mackay Base Hospital Womens Health Unit.
Mackay HHS Acting Chief Executive Charles Pain said both Dr Leigh Grant and Dr Barton Matshe were highly qualified specialists.
“We are very pleased to welcome both Dr Leigh Grant and Dr Barton Matshe to the team here at Mackay Base Hospital as they not only have many years of experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G), but a great passion for caring for women and their families,” Dr Pain said.
“We are extremely fortunate to have them here in Mackay.
“Dr Grant joined us in March as a staff specialist and as of April 21 I am very happy to announce that she has accepted the position of Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
“She will lead a team of five specialists providing care to the families of the Mackay region, and we have two more specialists joining the team, one in July and one in September.
“Dr Grant has been working as an O&G specialist in Queensland Health for the past five years.
“She completed her training in Sydney and Canberra and is a specialist in high-risk obstetrics.
“I also warmly welcome O&G staff specialist Barton Matshe to the team.
“Dr Matshe has worked in New Zealand for the past 23 years after training in South Africa.
“He has a special interest in working with culturally diverse communities and providing these women with safe birthing experiences.”
Dr Grant said she welcomed the opportunity to lead a team who were focused on providing the best pregnancy and birth experiences possible.
“My focus has always been on giving patients – women and their families – choices,” Dr Grant said.
“I love the continuity of care model, and that’s a very important part of healthcare for me.
“Mackay has great facilities, and the staff are all friendly and welcoming, so I’m looking forward to working in this community as we continue to rebuild trust in the services we provide.”
Dr Matshe said he was excited to be in Mackay.
“It was time for me to make a change, so I was quite keen to come here and take up a new challenge,” Dr Matshe said.
“There’s been a lot of work put in by a lot of dedicated people and we’re moving in the right direction.
“This is a really good place, the foundation is solid, and I’m actually excited to be here.”