IT'S the biggest news in health to hit Griffith in a decade.
Griffith Base Hospital's ongoing staffing crisis is over, with 11 new recruits helping fill much-needed positions.
Some of those positions have been vacant and filled by locums for more than five years.
Griffith Base Hospital director of medical services Dr Pankaj Banga said he was delighted to welcome the new doctors and specialists to the 114-bed hospital.
He said that eight of the positions had been vacant for some time, while three were created out of necessity.
"It feels very good," Dr Banga said.
"It has been a huge team effort getting all of these doctors on board.
"With this stable workforce coming in, many new things will start.
"Our surgeon will now be able to offer breast cancer surgery and our OB GYN is the first female in Griffith and the surrounds.
"We also have a physician who is strong in cardiology and an anaesthetist coming on board means we can now open our second theatre, which has been shut for seven years. It has been open since January a few days a month, but we hope to gradually build on that."
Dr Banga said the hospital's two full-time surgeons have been joined by a third to keep up with demand and an obstetrician/gynaecologist, anaesthetist, two Career Medical Officers (CMOs), four Resident Medical Officers (RMO), a physician and a rural generalist trainee.
Two more doctors are due to start in the coming months.
"This is my fifth year here and it's the first time we've had a permanent anaesthetist," Griffith Base Hospital general manager Ian Power said.
"It's been a long process, but I think it all bodes well for the future here that we have got so many doctors actually wanting to come here.
"To be filling some of these longstanding vacancies has been a really good move forward."
New anaesthetist Dumindu Jayasinghe started work a month ago, after moving to Griffith from Queensland.
"I came here in November to look around and I was treated very well on the recruitment side by Dr Banga," Dr Jayasinghe said.
"I'd been in Queensland for 10 years and needed a change.
"My partner is a nurse and is working here now too.
"We have both been accommodated well. It's all still fairly new, but there's great vision in this hospital and it's a very friendly place."