Dermatology services

General Dermatological outpatient clinics

For both adults and children.

Adults can choose clinics at either the Great Western Hospital in Swindon or Savernake Hospital in Marlborough.

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

With:

  • Bandaging
  • Tar
  • Dithranol
  • Topical steroids
  • Antiseptics
  • Emollients

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.

Surgical Dermatology

We offer surgery for more complex conditions (for example flaps and grafts) at the Great Western Hospital.

Patients have a choice of the Great Western Hospital in Swindon or Savernake Hospital in Marlborough for minor surgical procedures.

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.

For more information about PDT please see the Macmillan Cancer Support website: PDT.

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