By Dan Rankin
Dr. Jonathan Keys has already begun accepting new patients in anticipation of the opening of the new Lucan Medical Centre (located at 268 Main Street in Lucan) early in 2016.
Dr. Keys grew up on a cash crop farm outside Bayfield and said he always wanted to help people. “I decided i didn’t want to stay on the farm, so I went back to school and wanted to do something in health care,” he said. “That’s what led me here.”
In the intervening years, he has studied at Fanshawe College, the D’Arcy Lane Institute in London, the Saba University School of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean where he got his M.D., and done three years of residency at Michigan State University.
For the past few weeks, Dr. Keys has been operating in the clinic under the Prince George Retirement Residence in Lucan (139 Main Street) with his friend and mentor Dr. John E. Swift. Dr. Keys offers general family medicine with special interests in sports medicine, fitness, preventative care and cosmetic medicine.
Beginning next year, however, the services offered at the Lucan Medical Centre will include x-ray, ultrasound, mammography, bone densitometry (bone density scanning) and physical therapy, Dr. Keys said. The facility, which will begin with two doctors but have the space to expand to accommodate three, will also feature a medical laboratory and dispensary, he said.
“It’s going to be great for the community to be able to get everything done here,” he said. “Basically by the time they leave from their appointment, they should have pretty much everything other than referrals. That’s going to be nice for everyone.”
As the new sign out on Main Street in Lucan indicates, Dr. Keys is currently accepting new patients. New patient acceptance application forms can be found at the current clinic location, in the basement at Prince George Retirement Residence, and at the Lucan Pharmacy. For more information, call the clinic at 519-227-1163 or find the Lucan Medical Centre on Facebook.