Call for permanent specialist in the region
DERMATOLOGY resources could soon return to the limestone coast after the reopening of interstate borders.
After the borders between South Australia and the Victorian era were closed due to Covid-19, residents in need of specialist skin care have had to move without or travel to Adelaide.
Before the borders closed, medical specialists traveled to the region from Warrnambool but ceased their visits when the borders closed.
Port MacDonnell resident Ken Weaver said he now wants a specialist dermatologist in South Australia to be permanently in the South East and the local medical field to stop relying on visiting professionals.
Mr Weaver said he had had a number of different skin cancers during his life.
“Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast have been without a skin specialist for almost two years,” Mr Weaver said.
“We need specialists from all over the medical world here in the region because there are certain procedures and certain drugs that general practitioners cannot prescribe. “
He said the thought came to him as a result of a particularly nasty skin cancer under his lip.
“I needed a chemotherapy cream that I couldn’t get from a GP here,” Mr. Weaver said.
“Having local specialists in many fields as well as a permanent specialist in dermatology will bring peace of mind to many of us here on the Limestone Coast.
“We wouldn’t have to worry about travel expenses, time off and if there was a medical flare people wouldn’t have to worry about whether they should be in Adelaide at that time- the.”
After noticing a gap in the field of dermatology, Dr Richard Try of Mount Gambier returned to study where he received a degree in general dermatology, skin cancer medicine and his certificate in cancer surgery. skin.
Dr Try himself and Jason Johnson of Dr Try’s Clinic ran a skin care clinic after realizing there was a need for general dermatology in the area.
“We have relied on dermatologists and plastic surgeons for some of the skin lesions,” Dr. Try said.
“Having the visiting dermatologist was great because we were able to get that extra opinion, but without it we’re now sending people back to Adelaide.”
Dr Try said that since the borders closed, Dr Nick Marshall of Adelaide Plastic Surgery has received an influx of referrals for difficult dermatological procedures as well as problems with plastic surgery.
“We hope that once the borders open it will ease some of the pressure, but we have not yet heard whether the specialists are coming back or not,” he said.
“Skin cancer is a huge problem here in the South East and we treat several people a day with these problems.
“The reason for this is a mix of the fishing industry and beach lifestyle as well as farmers sunbathing.”
Dr Try said that when the state borders were open the clinic received fantastic support from Dr Marshall and specialists at the WPRS, but the area continued to depend on a visiting doctor.
“I think we need more because we have a significant amount of work,” he said.
“A lot of our skin patients are also elderly, so getting to the city can be a burden for them as well. “