A significant proportion of the population go to their GPs about a range of skin conditions and ask to see a specialist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
These conditions range from eczema in children and acne in teenagers to increasing rates of skin cancer in adults. And that means dermatology has a comparatively high number of referrals to specialist care, particularly for diagnosis. With an ageing population, the demand is likely to increase – putting pressure on your dermatology department.
18 Week Support’s insourced dermatology services includes general outpatient clinics, minor procedures and complex skin surgery.
The service is led by Dr Conal Perrett who will work with the local clinicians to agree the clinical aspects of the service specifications such as inclusion criteria, referral pathways and local management plans. As a national provider, we bring together expertise across the range of skin conditions and subspecialties.
We can see both first attendance and follow-up cases in our clinics and our consultant will follow all local referral pathways to ensure that those patients with well-defined or complex skin conditions are referred to the appropriate specialist service. We have streamlined our dermatology services to enable us to take ownership of the entire patient pathway from first attendance through to surgery, follow up and discharge as appropriate. As such, only those patients who require complex management (e.g. long term systemic medication and monitoring) would be referred to the local clinicians.
Our dermatology services have been developed to support trusts with both 2WW (urgent) and routine referrals. For 2WW referrals, we have developed a vigorous process that enables the accurate tracking and management of these patients to prevent delays in diagnosis and treatment.
Our minor procedures services are run concurrently with our outpatient clinics. This means we can offer a one-stop service to patients at the first clinic attendance. All complex skin surgeries take place in a theatre setting by a Consultant Plastic Surgeon or Consultant Dermatological Surgeon. This is supported by a specialist tissue viability nurse who will see patients as appropriate post-procedure.