Monday - Friday8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday9.00am - 11.30am
Our practice is pleased to offer full body skin checks using the state of the art microDERM system by Visiomed. microDERM is a professional imaging system for progressive early recognition of skin cancer and image documentation.
Doctors use this system as an aide to assist in the diagnosis of melanoma. Australia has the highest incidence of Melanoma in the world! So it makes sense to have regular skin checks. If caught early the chances of surviving Melanoma are much improved.
Our skin cancer clinic is staffed by Dr Stephen Rigby, Dr Robyn Mawer and Dr Sharon Goldsmid who have all had additional training in skin cancer management.
Gladstone Skin Cancer Clinic aims for early detection and correct diagnosis, appropriate and effective treatment, improved quality of life for affected patient and reductions in overall costs/minimise time off work.
Gladstone Skin Cancer Clinic uses the following techniques to asses our patients: thorough clinical examination, full body dermatoscopic imaging, documentation & comparison over time, advanced surgical techniques and individual/employer programs.
Surgical removal is the most common method of management Skin Cancers.
Surgery has the advantage of a high cure rate as it provides a complete specimen to confirm the diagnosis and to ensure the adequacy removal of all tumours. The majority of surgical wounds, after excisions, can be closed by simple direct suture. However, in more difficult areas such as the nose and ear, simple closure is often not possible and local flap repair or skin grafting may be needed. These can be done in surgery making a referral to metropolitan centres unnecessary. Excellent cosmetic and functional outcomes have been achieved at the clinic using these methods.
Cryotherapy, curettage and diathermy are other treatment options offered at the clinic in appropriate cases.
MB BS.Dip. RACOG ACC SKIN
Dr Stephen Rigby is a graduate of the University of Queensland and was a founder of the practice. He has been practicing in Gladstone for over 30 years. Prior to this he worked in other rural areas including Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Normanton, Mackay and has worked with the Royal Flying Doctors service.
Dr Rigby has a reputation for thoroughness and his ability to diagnose and treat the complex and unsolvable. He has a special interest in skin cancer medicine and is a keen member of the Skin Cancer Society of Australia and New Zealand and is able to perform advanced skin cancer removal.
He is also an accredited Dive medical provider with the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS).
He feels it is his responsibility to give back to the community who has given his family so much over the years.
Caring for our community through better access to an expanded range of services, better co-ordinated referrals and an efficient delivery of primary health care services.