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WNSWLHD’s first Nurse Endoscopist at Dubbo Health Service

11 August 2022

Patients across Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) are set to benefit from the skills of the District’s first fully-accredited Nurse Endoscopist (NE) on site at Dubbo Hospital.

Samantha Quarmby, Dubbo Health Service Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said Christal Ayton has completed her formal NE training at Dubbo Hospital under the supervision of Dr Dean Fisher after 30 years working as a Registered Nurse in Dubbo, Nambour, Orange and Gunnedah.

NEs are specialised registered nurses who undergo further extensive training under the supervision of medical specialists, to perform low-risk surveillance and investigative endoscopic procedures typically performed by doctors.

Ms Quarmby said Ms Ayton’s accreditation is an exciting milestone for the hospital, but also for communities in Dubbo and the entire District.

“We know people living in rural areas often delay seeking care, so Christal’s skill, knowledge and commitment to rural healthcare will be a valuable addition to our health service,” Ms Quarmby said.

“NEs help reduce waiting times for patients, and also streamline the management of patients requiring further screening and follow-ups, or more complex examinations performed by doctors.

“Christal’s skills and achievements are a direct result of her own personal commitment, but also the training and mentoring provided by a number of doctors, led by Dr Fisher. I want to thank all of those involved in achieving this outcome.”

Dr John Yamba and Dr Ted Stoklosa have also contributed to Ms Ayton’s training, and having completed a Masters in Nursing and recently a Masters in Nurse Practitioner (NP) she will also be endorsed as an NP in the coming months.

Ms Ayton said she is looking forward to supporting WNSWLHD in providing additional, more specialised care to Dubbo and surrounding communities once fully endorsed as an NP.

“If you had asked me five years ago, I would never have thought this would be the path my career would take. The training and study have been quite intense, with three years of juggling full-time work, study and travelling around the District to get experience,” she said.

“The dexterity to develop clinical skills and the knowledge has been challenging. But travelling to assist specialists in Mudgee and Bourke, as well as Dubbo, has allowed me to have the supervised practice required.”

“I am very much looking forward to providing that additional care for patients here at Dubbo. I need to thank everyone involved in my training who has helped me get to this stage.”