Den­tist Lisa recog­nised af­ter sav­ing pa­tient’s life

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A DEN­TIST from Grey­stones has been crowned the Col­gate Le­in­ster Den­tist of the Year 2018 af­ter she saved a pa­tient’s life.

Dr Lisa Lucey of Lucey Den­tal was nom­i­nated af­ter a mole on a young pa­tient’s face trig­gered con­cerns. It tran­spired the pa­tient had other moles on her arms and one of these was found to be can­cer­ous.

The judg­ing panel praised Dr Lucey for as­sess­ing ‘ the whole health of a new pa­tient, in­clud­ing skil­fully ask­ing rel­e­vant ques­tions’.

This year marked the tenth year of the awards which en­able pa­tients to nom­i­nate den­tists who have pro­vided them with den­tal care above and beyond their ex­pec­ta­tions. RTE pre­sen­ter Joe Duffy was MC for the awards cer­e­mony at the RDS in Dublin which was at­tended by over 400 peo­ple.

Dr Lucey said win­ning this award would be a turn­ing point for the prac­tice.

‘I am hon­oured and hum­bled that the pa­tients of Lucey Den­tal nom­i­nated my­self and my team for these awards. This is such a val­ued ac­co­lade, not just for my­self but also recog­ni­tion for my loyal and ded­i­cated team. Win­ning awards like this one re­as­sures our ex­ist- ing pa­tients and en­cour­ages new pa­tients to drop in. I am grate­ful to my pa­tients for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port and trust in us at Lucey Den­tal.’

The nom­i­nat­ing pa­tient said that she was un­der­go­ing her first check-up with Dr Lucey, when her den­tist no­ticed are- as on her face which she said war­ranted fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion.

‘She looked at my arm and saw fur­ther ar­eas that seemed to con­cerned her. She was so nice and com­fort­ing to me and ex­plained she would, with my per­mis­sion, send pic­tures which she would take on the day to her col­league Dr Chan in the Black­rock Clinic.’

A few weeks later, the pa­tient was called in for surgery on her arm.

‘I just had the surgery on my arm with a 5mm in­ci­sion to re­move the can­cer­ous le­sion, dou­ble stitched in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally. My doc­tor said “This could have been very dif­fer­ent if you had not been re­ferred to me”.

‘I don’t know how to ex­press my grat­i­tude to Dr Lucey. She’s the most car­ing per­son I’ve ever met for a pro­fes­sional and she saved my life. I am a mother of two small chil­dren and it has re­ally made me think how blessed I was to set foot in­side the door of Lucey Den­tal. I am for­ever grate­ful to Dr Lisa Lucey.’

Lisa Lucey from Lucey Den­tal with her Col­gate Le­in­ster Den­tist of the Year Award.

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