ALDERNEY’S Island Medical Centre will soon say goodbye to its husband and wife team after Dr Johan Aspelund was offered ‘a dream job’ at a new emergency department in his native Sweden.
Dr Johan and Dr Anna Aspelund moved to Alderney with their three sons in August 2016 to join the centre, with Dr Johan taking on the role of clinical lead while Dr Anna also worked as a GP.
The Aspelunds will leave the island in the middle of the month, following which Dr Johan will join Malmo University Hospital to build and lead their brand new ED intensive care department.
The couple will be replaced by Dr Sally Simmons, who is no stranger to many island residents having previously provided cover at the IMC. Dr Simmons will take up her permanent post of clinical lead from the end of March , but will also visit the island for consultations prior to that.
During the period between the Aspelunds’ departure and Dr Simmons’ permanent move to Alderney, the regular team of locum doctors – Dr Stevens, Dr Noon, Dr Stark and on-island senior GP Dr Cooper – will provide cover to ensure that patients continue to receive the care they need.