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Retired physician Al Doucet has been helping to recruit doctors to Queens County. He's been working on the website www.doctors-wanted.ca, which became live about six weeks ago.
Retired physician Al Doucet has been helping to recruit doctors to Queens County. He's been working on the website www.doctors-wanted.ca, which became live about six weeks ago. - Aethne Hinchliffe

New website by retired physician trying to recruit doctors to Queens County

LIVERPOOL - A new website recruiting medical doctors to Queens County was launched about six weeks ago.  
Through the website – doctors-wanted.ca - retired physician Al Doucet aims to show people what a good place Queens General Hospital is to work.
“Not just the physicians but all the people that are working there – the people in the dietary department, the nurses, the maintenance staff,” he said. “All of the people that work there really work there very, very efficiently and well together.
Beyond the work environment, the website also emphasizes community and lifestyle. It highlights Queens County’s festivals, parks, beaches, recreation and housing, among other things.
Recruitment is only one piece of the puzzle. Equally important is retention, said Doucet, who is chair of the Queens General Hospital Foundation.
“In this community, when you look at the people that are working here now, those people have come and stayed,” he said. “They have not come and transferred out after two or three years.”
Since the website has become live, Doucet said he’s already received phone calls from doctors interested in coming to Liverpool. Many are interested in doing locums – temporarily filling in for other doctors.
Recently, two doctors have been recruited to Liverpool and will begin practicing in the community this summer. In addition to the two coming, Doucet said it would be ideal to have two more doctors in Queens.
“We have to think of North Queens, too. North Queens is part of the catchment area,” Doucet said.
One of the benefits doctors will encounter practicing in Queens County is they’ll be doing a “full-service practice,” said Doucet.
“It’ really interesting because you’re seeing patients that are of all age groups.”
Doctors in Queens will not only care for patients in the hospital - they’ll also see patients in nursing homes and do house calls. Additionally, if a patient comes into the emergency department and needs to be hospitalized, the same doctor will care for that patient once she or he has been admitted.
“It’s more seamless,” said Doucet.
Queens General Hospital offers a number of services, all of which are listed on the new website.
To see the new site, visit www.doctors-wanted.ca. To learn more about Queens General Hospital, go to http://www.nshealth.ca/locations-details/Queens%20General%20Hospital.

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