Alotau General Hospital is a 204 bed Provincial Base Hospital for the whole Milne Bay Area (population 330,000).
All major disciplines are catered for. The staff are very welcoming to elective students and doctors.
Malaria and malnutrition are the major problems in this area. In 2011 the Australian High Commission provided a substantial grant to add additional beds for the maternity ward to cater for an increase in supervised births, a new 36 bed medical ward, and an 8 bed accident and emergency facility combined with a radiology building.
There is only one surgeon in the hospital.
Alotau is the gateway to the Milne Bay Province, which contains some of the most remote island communities in the world. Milne Bay is noted for its coral reef and scuba diving experiences.
Dr Kennedy James is the only surgeon at Alotau Provincial Hospital.
Gurney (Alotau) Airport is a busy airport with regular direct 50 minute flights from Port Moresby.