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by Stephanie Gropler
Locals will now be able
to have their skin concerns
checked, with a SOS (save our
skin) clinic soon to be offered at
the Loxton Health Centre.
Assistant practice manager Jill
Lange said the service was needed,
with two in three Australians getting
some form of skin cancer before the
age of 70.
"With the amount of people that we
know that go down to Adelaide (to
have their skin checked), there is obvi-
ously a call for it," Mrs Lange said.
"We thought we would try to make
it more convenient for people to have
it done here, rather than travelling
down to Adelaide.
"We just want to get on board
and making it easier for our Loxton
patients by being able to have it done
A referral is not needed, patients
just need to book an appointment.
The skin clinic will be ran by a
trained nurse, who will take your ini-
tial history of sun exposure, previous
lesions and treatments before under-
going a full skin check.
A doctor will then have a look
at any areas of concern, with the
appointment expected to take about
Mrs Lange said the service was
becoming more popular, particularly
with the Riverland's climate.
Any lesion that needs cryotherapy
may be done within the first visit or
during a second visit if time does not
An appointment will be made if
the lesion needs a biopsy/excision,
while if the issue is more complicated,
patients may be referred to a plastic
Mrs Lange said patients are encour-
aged to remain vigilant about any
changes in their skin.
"If there is something they are
unsure of, the nurse will take a photo
of it and put it on your file and then
over time, if you feel it has changed,
you can come back in and compare
it," she said.
"Even if they want to just have a
chat about any skin concerns or any-
thing like that, patients can," she said.
The service has been made available,
with the first stage of the upgrades to
the Loxton Health Centre now com-
pleted and the second stage expected
to be finished in coming months.
"Now we are just renovating the old
area and it is getting close to finishing.
We just have the nurses areas to do
now," Mrs Lange said.
She said patients had responded
well to redeveloped centre and they
had received "plenty" of positive feed-
"The surroundings are very inviting
and just the extra space. The comfort
for the patients and the rest of it too,"
Loxton Health Centre will be offer-
ing their SOS (Save Our Skin) clinics
from October 16. For more informa-
tion, call 8584 7321.
Loxton Health Centre
has recently welcomed
Amy Thomas to its team of
Dr Thomas moved to the
Riverland three weeks ago to
complete her last six months of
training and said she was enjoy-
ing living in the region.
"It's such a pretty and friendly
town," Dr Thomas said.
The general practitioner obste-
trician has been working in
Murray Bridge for the past 18
months and has relocated from
Adelaide with her partner.
The 29-year-old said the deci-
sion to move to Loxton came
"I deliver babies and there is
only a few places where I can go
to do that and Loxton is one of
them," she said.
"I do caesareans and those
sorts of things. I love babies, it is
the best part of my job.
"Plus, we are looking for some-
where in the country to settle...
that is the goal."
Dr Thomas said she is call-
ing the relocation to Loxton her
"river change" and is looking
forward to being out on the river
as the weather warms up.
General practitioner and obstetrician Amy Thomas is the newest addition the the Loxton Health
Growers hit hardest by levy hike
Increases to the
Emergency Services Levy
(ESL) will hit Riverland
primary producers hard,
Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone has warned.
Households have begun
receiving the annual bill, which
has jumped from $92 to $241
age $400,000 property, follow-
ing changes made in the State
Budget earlier this year.
The new change is calculated
on a sliding scale, with higher
capital value properties attract-
ing higher percentage increases.
"Our primary producers are
key economic generators to the
South Australian economy and
yet are among those heavily
penalised by massive increases,"
Mr Whetstone said.
State treasurer Tom
Koutsantonis said he would
scrap the increases if Prime
Minister Tony Abbott "reverses
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