A new physician is set to join the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Surgical Team and community clinics. Kenora native Doctor Ben Wykes has joined Dr. Hristov and Dr. Ghazali as the newest, full-time surgeon for the area.

Dr. Wykes will be offering surgical service to patients including but not limited to: plastics (flaps), emergency gynecological service, emergency urology, laproscopic hernia and bowel surgery and wound care.

In addition, he will be running the Wound Care Clinic and providing telemedicine consults to First Nation and outlying communities.Wykes attended medical school at the University of Manitoba and completed his general surgery residency through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

The All-Nations Health Committee adds that Dr. Wykes has a heightened interest in wound care, and has worked closely with highly skilled wound care nurses where he learned about working with specific products and techniques.

Wykes adds that he is looking forward to practicing medicine in his home town, where he can enjoy spending time with family and friends, as well as all of the activities that the area has to offer.

The All-Nations Health Committee is led by  Anita Cameron at the health access centre, as well as Henry Wall from the Kenora District Services Board. The committee includes First Nations, Metis and municipal leaders in discussions about patient transfers, doctor recruitment and the construction of a new hospital building.

The committee recently announced that Dr. Jean-Marc Rizk, who specializes in internal medicine. He will be working at Lake of the Woods District Hospital, in partnership with the health access centre and Sunset Country Family Health Team.

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