The Dermatology Department at Kingston Public/National Chest Hospitals received US$3000 Grant from the International Dermatological Societies/International Foundation for Dermatology (ILDS/IFD) through its association with the Caribbean Dermatology Association (CDA).
Funds were used to purchase a 30L liquid nitrogen dewar and accessories as well as a binocular microscope.
Dr. Sandra McLeod, Consultant Dermatologist explained that the liquid nitrogen is used to treat a number of skin conditions including viral lesions and benign and premalignant skin conditions. “Having a dewar of liquid nitrogen on site will allow us to treat more patients as well as reduce interval between treatment times. We anticipate that this will lead to better outcomes for our patients” she added.
The binocular microscope will be used for diagnosis of fungal viral and parasitic infections as well as other conditions in which microscopy would prove useful.
It will also serve as a training tool in microscopy for the junior residents.
Ms. Jacqueline Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Liguanea Regional Hospitals, expressed her appreciation for the donation, adding that it will go a far way in assisting the department, which sees approximately 800 patients on a monthly basis, to better manage dermatology patients.