Dermatology Clinic comes to Kingston

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

PATIENTS WHO NEED A SKIN DOCTOR WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO MAKE THE DRIVE OUT OF TOWN.

PATIENTS WHO NEED A SKIN DOCTOR WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO MAKE THE DRIVE OUT OF TOWN.
AS WE TOLD YOU YESTERDAY, KINGSTON’S HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL IS OPENING A NEW DERMATOLOGY CLINIC. UNTIL NOW, THE CITY HAD JUST ONE DERMATOLOGIST TO TREAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.
TODAY, NEWSWATCH’S MAEGEN KULCHAR SPEAKS WITH A PATIENT WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE NEW CLINIC.

Ashley Thomas has been getting her skin checked by a dermatologist ever since she was a little girl.

“I’m very moley so I mean generally when I go it’s due to that and I have psoriasis.”

But over the last few years she’s had to go without because of the severe shortage of dermatologists in the city.

“Basically my options were Toronto, Ottawa and I think maybe Peterborough.”

Referrals and appointments to see a dermatologist can also take months.

“It’s frustration because moles can turn into skin cancer. So it puts me as a patient in a really really hard spot.”

But a new clinic at Hotel Dieu aims to change that.

It will service patients in Kingston and feature technology used to treat various skin diseases and conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and skin lymphoma. It will also help train the next generation of dermatologists.

“It’s said thought that about 50 percent of the dermatologists in Canada are probably going to be retiring in the next ten years.”

Dr. Yuka Asai is the first dermatologist to join the team at Hotel Dieu and says this clinic is the first step in a much bigger plan.

“We will plan to eventually have specialized clinics as well where we may have one focus on immune diseases or skin cancers.”

Queen’s University also plans to eventually establish a dermatology training and research program.

“Our dermatologists are relatively unique in as they are true academic dermatologists so they are not only MD’s that know how to care for your skin but they are also PHD’s.”

As for Thompson, she says she’s relieved and happy to receive the treatment she needs within her community.

“Now I’ve been in, I’ve been seen, I’ve been treated and things are going well.”

Dr. Asai is currently seeing patients at Hotel Dieu. Another dermatologist will join the clinic this fall.
Maegen Kulchar CKWS Newswatch Kingston.

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