Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
HAMILTON has a new specialist obstetrician gynaecologist after almost three years without one.
In a significant recruitment coup for Western District Health Service, chief executive, Jim Fletcher, said the skills of South African-born Dr Jacobus Cloete would complement the hospital’s general practitioners.
“We would be expecting to get referrals from across the district,” Mr Fletcher said. “We will be having some discussions with Casterton regarding a visiting consultancy service, as well.”
Dr Cloete will be working from hospital premises in Kitchener St.
He has already looked around the Hamilton hospital and described it as a very pleasant set-up.
“I liked it from the beginning, I found the staff all helpful and friendly,” he said.
“My special interest of course was the layout of the delivery suite and I found it a very good design. I’ve also had a brief look at the operating room and the educational centre.”
Dr Cloete, who is married to Marie-Jose, with two boys, Struan 17, and Kristian 11, has been working in Britain for the past seven months. His sons will continue with their education overseas until the end of the year before joining him in Hamilton.
An interview with Dr Cloete appears on page 5