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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Dermatology Department is housed in a purpose-built unit and provides dermatology care to patients from a wide catchment area. We provide an outreach clinic to North West Cambridgeshire Hospital in Wisbech, the department has responsibility for teaching University of East Anglia medical students, Cambridge medical students and GP trainees.

Skin cancer forms an important part of the departmentís work. Our skin cancer service is supported by visiting Consultant Plastic Surgeons from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital allowing complex reconstructive surgery to be performed within the department. Clinicians attend regular Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Meetings with a weekly link to the Regional Skin Cancer Meeting in Norwich. There are also combined clinics with the Rheumatology, Gynaecology and Paediatric departments.

Our clinicians

Dr. Dootson Dr. Gillian Dootson
BSc,FRCP
Consultant General Dermatologist with an interest in paediatrics and vulval skin disorders

Dr. Simina Stefanescu Dr. Simina Stefanescu MB BS Dip. Dermatology (Romania), Consultant
  • Dr Rebecca Haywood, Specialty Doctor
  • Dr Nicky Holmes, Hospital Practitioner
  • Dr Palavi Devulapalli, Hospital Practitioner
  • Miss Yu Sin Lau, Associate Specialist in Plastic Surgery

Visiting Consultant Plastic Surgeons

  • Mr Richard Haywood
  • Mr Maurice Meyer
  • Mr Andrew Snelling
  • Miss Dahlia Masud

Nurse Managers

  • Sister Tracy Legg
  • Sister Donna Fowler

Nurse Led Clinics

  • Sister Sue Smith, Lead Leg Ulcer Management Specialist Nurse

Skin Cancer Clinic

  • Sister Sharon Holmes, Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse 

UVB and Patch Test Clinic

  • Sister Tracy Legg

Acne Clinic (Isotretinoin)

  • Staff Nurse Jenny Lowe

The department offers:

  • Day treatment centre for topical treatments, leg ulcer assessment & treatment, dressings
  • Daylight PDT
  • Iontophoresis
  • Patch testing for allergic dermatitis
  • Phototherapy: Hand and Foot and Whole body PUVA and narrow-band UVB for eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders
  • Dermatology Surgery, for diagnosis and cancer treatment
  • Lower Limb Venous Leg Ulcer Clinic - Two in patient and two outpatient clinics, This is a nurse led service and is offered for non-healing or more complicated lower leg ulceration . All patients will already have had a Doppler test - Ankle Brachial Pressure Index - performed by their nurse and, if appropriate compression bandages for at least six weeks. Out-patients referred to this service should expect their initial appointment to last at least one hour as a full holistic assessment will be performed. Referrals to this service are via your G.P Practice or Community Nurse, using the appropriate referral form.

Information for patients

The dermatology department achieves all national waiting time targets. Any patient with a possible melanoma skin cancer or squamous cell skin cancer will be seen in the department within 2 weeks of being referred by the GP, provided they have been appropriately referred through the two week wait scheme.

Access to care in this department must be by referral from your General Practitioner.

Important information when attending a clinic

  1. If you are a new patient please try to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to register at reception
  2. Please let us know if you need an interpreter when booking your appointment so that we can arrange this for you
  3. Please bring with you all the creams with which you have already been treating your skin and a list of all your oral medications
  4. Please allow upto one hour for each appointment, we endeavour to keep to appointment times however a delay in being seen can happen during busy periods.

Contact details

Reception Desk (appointments number) 01553 613470
Dr. Dootson's Secretary01553 613040
Dr. Stefanescu's Secretary01553 613677
Plastic Surgeon's Secretary01553 613504

External links

Illustrated general websites for patients with skin disease

Patient support groups

Skin cancer advice

Management of dry skin conditions

Patient information videos

 


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