Dermatology is the branch of medicine which focuses on the skin and its diseases.
General Dermatological outpatient clinics For both adults and children.
Dedicated paediatric clinics are also available.
Dermatological advice and liaison medical care
For patients staying at the Great Western Hospital with systemic disease affecting the skin and severe dermatological disease.
Phototherapy (light therapy)
For the treatment of a variety of conditions, including:
- Psoriasis and eczema
- Polymorphic light eruption
- Palmoplantar pustulosis
- Topical treatments
- Topical steroids
We also run a variety of nurse-led clinics.
Specialist skin cancer services
We run a monthly clinic for adult cancer patients which is attended by consultant dermatologists, consultant plastic surgeons and a consultant clinical oncologist (specialist cancer doctor).
This gives patients the chance to see all their consultants in one clinic rather than have to make several trips to hospital.
We offer surgery for more complex conditions (for example flaps and grafts) at the Great Western Hospital.
Type IV allergy service
We offer a Type IV allergy service (contact allergy and patch testing) for both adults and children at the Great Western Hospital.
An example of a Type IV allergy is a rash caused by exposure to nickel in jewellery, perfume, hair dye or poison ivy.
- Cutaneous Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) service
- Cutaneous Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) can be a useful alternative in the treatment of pre-malignant (pre-cancerous) conditions.
Standard treatment options for all three of these conditions may involve surgery.
With PDT, an inactive substance is applied to the skin, left for a while to ensure absorption into the skin, and then exposed to a harmless red light (emitted at a very precise wavelength).
This light 'activates' the substance, destroying the pre-cancerous cells while healthy surrounding tissue is preserved.