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Spotlight on: Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Concord, NSW

Posted on 16/05/2019 by Elizabeth Cox

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Concord Repatriation General Hospital is situated in Inner Western Sydney, beside Olympic park, close to the beautiful Parramatta River.  

The hospital is well served by four train stations, accessing the T1 and T2 line services.  The stations range from 15 to 20-minute walk or a short bus journey from outside the Hospital.  The A4 bridge over the Paramatta river accesses some lovely suburbs North of Sydney like North / West or East Ryde. 

Unique Character

Having visited Concord in March this year, it’s got real character with its 1940’s red brick, curved balcony corner design, which is striking when you see it up close.  As you walk around the hospital, you get an overwhelming sense of community, and on the day we visited there were a number of staff and fundraising events happening around the hospital.

Emergency Department – Concord

The recently renovated Emergency Department, while busy  (there were 3 – 4 patients waiting to be admitted from the Ambulance Waiting area) was calm, everybody had the time and space to get the job done.  Over the last few years, the number of patients presenting to ED has increased, and the department is well equipped to deal with this trend.  As Jaya, a critical care Nurse in ED remarked: “it’s so much easier to be a nurse here, better ratios, we get looked after as nurses, [you are] able to get excited about being a nurse”.

Intensive Care Unit - Concord

The ICU cares for medical and surgical patients and has a sub-speciality in Burns.  All patient bays are visible from the nurse's station located in the centre.  The 13 bedded ICU is equipped to take ICU and HDU patients.  While Concord is a smaller hospital, Nurses still see a diverse range of patients and really unwell patients, so there is the opportunity to continually learn and develop your clinical skills.

Research and Continuous Professional Development

Concord is a tertiary centre as well as a teaching hospital, so Nurses are learning all the time on the job.  Moreover, there is a big commitment to research and continued professional development for Nurses, as seen by 15 scholarships on offer to the nursing staff. 

Concord Repatriation General Hospital, is a very friendly, social environment for staff and patients.  Concord’s Director of Nursing Sharne Hogan puts it simply “staff care for their patients and are cared for by each other”.   

If you want to find out more about Concord and want to work in a hospital that is friendly, professional, family focused, and committed to research, then check out our website for more details www.icejobs.ie/jobs/ed-nurses or www.icejobs.ie/jobs/icu-nurse-1