Living in Northwestern Ontario can pose challenges in accessing specialty health care. Lake of the Woods District Hospital is always looking for ways to work with care providers to improve that access. Your hospital is pleased to be bringing the services of Dr. Leslea Walters, Gynecologist Specialist, to offer a Colposcopy Clinic and in the near future hysteroscopies through surgical services.
A Gynecology Specialist is a doctor whose medical focus is on female reproductive health which can have an impact on overall health. The need in our area is significant as demonstrated by the waiting list already compiled to see Dr. Walters.
Colposcopy Clinic Equipment $30,750
Several items are needed to prepare for the clinic including a specialty exam chair and the surgical tools required to perform the colposcopy. A colposcopy is vital additional screening required after a women’s regular pelvic exam reveals abnormal cells. These cells if left undiagnosed or untreated can develop into cervical cancer.
Hysteroscopes x 6 $50,000
This specialty scope is used to exam the cervix and inside the uterus while in the operating room. This procedure is used to both diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding. If left untreated, it can lead to infertility, anemia due to blood loss and increased risk of endometrial cancer.
There are significant risks and consequences to not receiving the follow-up care necessary to treat and diagnose potentially life threatening and life changing causes of abnormal screening results or symptoms. Providing access to this specialty care will drastically improve patient outcomes. Women of all ages will now be able to receive care right here at home, near their family, friends and support systems. We need your help to save lives and improve access to women’s health care in Northwestern Ontario.
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