Wed. Mar 29th, 2023

Shirley Dawson, medical office coordinator, Dr. Robert Kelly, and Alyssa Hamel, LICSW, behavioral health counselor, are part of an Exeter practice offering LGBTQ+ health care services.

EXETER — Members of the LGBTQ+ community have specific health care concerns and often find it difficult to access a provider to meet their needs on the Seacoast. 

Many patients, particularly teenagers and their parents, have needed to travel to large hospitals in urban areas like Boston to get the care they need. 

This shortage of care became painfully obvious during the coronavirus pandemic, and a local medical group recently began to take on the challenge of serving this underserved community.

Dr. Robert Kelly, of Core Physicians, and several colleagues are addressing this with a more accessible practice at 21 Hampton Road.

Dr. Robert Kelly

Kelly said he took a look at area primary care practices and saw there was hesitation, or an unwillingness to become involved in treating the needs of LGBTQ patients. So he began to offer services and to bring in medical consultants as needed for his patients’ needs. 

“I began to move into gender-affirming care because we need this here,” Kelly said. 

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