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Winter
M E D I C A L C E N T R E :
A n O a s i s o f H e a l i n g
“No matter what specialty you are in, when someone comes to see a This statement adequately sums up what patients
physician, it’s when they are most vulnerable. Particularly in the field of can expect to find at the heart of the new Winter
gynaecology, where many women are embarrassed to discuss some of Medical Centre: a genuine concern for providing
their problems, I think the best way I can help you is to make you as the best service possible, in a people-centred
comfortable as possible. If you’re comfortable, then you’re more likely to environment.
relay as much information to me as possible.”
Dr André Winter, no stranger to the local
medical community, has expanded the St John’s
Women’s Centre to encompass a multi-specialty
medical office with an outpatient surgical centre.
Under this new umbrella, patients can access
lab services, along with Dr Winter’s obstetrical/
gynaecological practice, and the services of an
internist - Dr Raphael Evanson; a urologist –
Dr Dwayne Thwaites; and a general surgeon –
Dr SR Krishnan.
As more modern medical practices are adopted,
a growing trend in the healthcare environment
has placed greater emphasis on outpatient surgical
treatment. In most instances, Dr Winter says
the aim is to allow the patient to go home the
same day, after recuperating for a few hours under
supervision.
The surgical outpatient centre, which encompasses
an operating suite and recovery room, provides a
pleasant environment where a variety of surgical
procedures are performed. These include breast,
cervical and prostate biopsies, endoscopy, tubal
ligation, amniocentesis, and hysteroscopy.
Dr Winter plans to offer additional services
later this year, by making private emergency care
available outside the traditional 9-5 window. In
addition, despite the considerable increase in space
at the new facility, he hinted that there have been
collaborative inquiries from other physicians, making
further expansion a distinct possibility.
Dr Thwaites’ addition to the practice has brought
a “co-ed” aspect to the centre’s clientele, as he
specialises in urology, which includes treatment of
the prostate and bladder. The urologist has been
collaborating with local service clubs on cancer
screenings, and the response so far has been very
positive.
“Not to generalise too much, but men tend to
only come see the doctor when there is a problem,
as opposed to more preventative medicine,” Dr
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