Calais VA Clinic Welcomes New Doctor

By Kaileigh Deacon 


Dr. Raymond Fluke is the new doctor at the Calais VA clinic on Union Street in Calais.  (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon).

 

The Calais VA Clinic on Union Street in Calais again has a full time resident doctor, Dr. Raymond Fluke. 

Dr. Fluke is from England where he earned his medical degree at the University of Liverpool. He specializes in Family Medicine. 

Dr. Fluke came to America in 2001 where he started working for small medical practices in rural Maine. His work in Maine started in Aroostook County where he worked for 3 ½ years, where he met his wife Janet. Dr. Fluke moved South before he and his wife then married. He worked in Dover-Foxcroft for a couple of years before moving to Waterville. 

Dr. Fluke , his wife, and their son Josh lived in Waterville until the vacancy in Calais opened up. “I’m used to small communities and we like the outdoors,” Dr. Fluke said. The Flukes moved to Calais where they have been renting and are currently in the process of buying a house. 

Dr. Fluke is a full time physician at the Calais VA clinic on Union Street. The Clinic has been without a full time physician for 2 ½ years so the arrival of Dr. Fluke is a welcome sight to the Veterans who use the clinic. 

“I remembering being 3 years old and wanting to do it,” Dr. Fluke said about being a doctor. All Dr. Fluke’s experience has been in working in a Family Medicine setting, his work in Calais is the first time he’s worked with Veterans but so far he seems to be enjoying the work. “I’ve only been here a couple of months and already I’ve met some very interesting people. They all have stories to tell,” Dr. Fluke.

When shifting from practicing medicine in the UK to the USA Dr. Fluke had to make some adjustments. “Both systems are similar but the UK and the VA system have more in common than the overall Healthcare System in the States,” Dr. Fluke said. Dr. Fluke went on to say that patients in the UK don’t have to pay for hospital admission and the US system is a more regimented system. While not preferring one over the other Dr. Fluke stresses that no system is perfect. 

Dr. Fluke’s services at the VA are just a smaller piece of the much larger pie. The Clinic also offers mental health care, dermatology, wound care, polypharmacology, and telemedicine. The Clinic’s goal is to provide veterans with whatever service they need and to do so in a caring, friendly way. The Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm with the exception on Wednesday when they are open from  9 am to 5:30 pm. 

Some Veterans are wary of the VA system because of a bad experience but Dr. Fluke welcomes them back. “Our doors are open to any Vets who want medical attention,” he stresses.