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New international doctors welcomed to North Cumbria's hospitals

Posted on Tuesday 16th December 2014

Dr Elisa Stasi, speciality doctor in gastroenterology

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed two new speciality doctors who were recruited as part of the Trust’s international recruitment drive.

Dr Elisa Stasi who works across both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and Dr Ethel Gomez Canales who is based at West Cumberland Hospital, both decided to apply to work for the Trust after the positions were advertised in the hospitals they were working in at the time in Italy and Majorca.

Dr Stasi (31), a speciality doctor in gastroenterology, started with the Trust in November 2014 after working and living in Italy’s capital city of Rome for 12 years. After finishing her speciality training in July, she was looking for a new challenge.

Dr Stasi, who is originally from the Puglia region of Italy, said: “It is a very big opportunity for a young doctor to work in the world famous NHS.

“I had not made my mind up if I definitely wanted to take the step until I travelled over for my interview. I had been to England before but not to Cumbria and I liked it straight away. I was interviewed by Dr Denis Burke and Dr Chris MacDonald who are both consultant gastroenterologists with the Trust. They were both very professional and I instantly felt that I could learn from them so I was delighted when they offered me the job.

“The NHS is well known around the world as a very efficient system and I feel this is a real opportunity to put my training into practice and continue to learn. I previously worked in a hospital around the same size as the Cumberland Infirmary, however there are many differences including the way the nursing staff work – they are so efficient here and I really appreciate that! I have been made to feel very welcome in both of our hospital sites.”

Dr Ethel Gomez Canales (37) is originally from Patagonia in Argentina but has lived and worked in Majorca for the past ten years. Dr Gomez Canales has now moved to Whitehaven with her husband Diego Maggi who is a former international Argentinian basketball player now working with local basketball players across the North East and Cumbria, and their seven year old daughter.

Dr Gomez Canales who is a speciality doctor in acute medicine at West Cumberland Hospital, said: “As a family, we enjoy new experiences therefore we jumped at the chance to move to England with my job. I have always wanted to work for the NHS, it is a fantastic system. The staff all work very hard here and I have been made to feel very welcome by all of the staff. We are all enjoying living in Whitehaven being surrounded by the sea and mountains.”

Dr Denis Burke, business unit director for emergency care and medicine at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Stasi and Dr Gomez Canales both to the Trust and to Cumbria.

“The Trust is facing a well-documented recruitment challenge which is compounded by a national shortage of doctors in some specialties. It is therefore rewarding to successfully recruit two very talented doctors as a result of our ongoing recruitment drive and we will continue in our efforts to attract the very best consultants, doctors and nurses to relocate to Cumbria.”