Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Dermatology

Last updated: 31 March 2021

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The Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust Dermatology Centre is located in a purpose-build, modern facility on the St Mary's Community Heath Campus, in block D (see figure 1). We also run our dermatology services at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Fareham Community Hospital and at Petersfield Community Hospital. We provide an expert consultant led service, although our patients benefit from a multidisciplinary team approach, allowing them to receive the most appropriate care to meet their needs.

Figure 1: We work in Block D on the St Mary's site

 

 

What treatments do we provide?

Treatments for skin conditions are very varied, and includes creams, dressings, day treatments and specialised light therapies (figure 2), tablet medications, newer biological agents and, rarely, admission to hospital. We also carry out a significant amount of surgery under local anaesthetic, principally for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our skin cancer service is monitored by weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings to ensure best possible outcomes for our patients.

          

Figure 2: Our Day Treatment Room and our Phototherapy (UV) machines allow us to see and treat many patients with various skin problems

 

 

Skin cancer treatment

Some forms of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma require surgical treatments. These range from small biopsies to large excisions and the more complex Mohs micrographic surgery.  Most of this surgery is performed at Portsmouth Dermatology Centre (Figure 3) at St Mary's but is also carried out at the community hospitals in Fareham, Gosport and Petersfield. Larger cases may be referred to our surgical colleagues who work at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Figure 3: One of our Surgery Rooms

 

 

On site photography

To aid management of our Dermatology patients we often rely on the talented QA Medical Photography and Illustration team, who work alongside us with a fully equipped specialist room within our department which helps good image taking (Figure 4). Please note you may be asked for your consent to have a photograph taken of your skin problem when you attend your appointment, to aid your treatment and follow-up. 

Figure 4: Our Photography Room

 

 

Our clinics

Our general Dermatology clinics run on a daily basis throughout the week for the management of conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, skin cancer, and other common conditions.

The specialist services run at the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust Dermatology Centre are:

  • Acne monitoring
  • Biological therapy
  • Contact dermatitis / patch testing
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Day treatments, including dressings
  • Iontophoresis
  • Paediatric clinics
  • Phototherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Psoriasis clinic
  • Skin cancer clinics
  • Skin surgery
  • Mohs surgery
  • Vulval clinic

We also run combined clinics with the genitourinary physicians, gynaecologists, oncologists, paediatricians, plastic surgeons and rheumatologists. We are also in close contact with other clinical departments particularly maxillofacial, oculo-plastic and head & neck surgery.

Our department is a major dermatology teaching centre and therefore you may be seen by a Dermatology Specialist Registrar. You may also see other trainee doctors and nurses, pharmacists and medical students.  

We do not do cosmetic work and will not remove benign moles or cysts for example.  We have no laser facilities (the closest NHS provider of lasers is at Salisbury Hospital: http://salisburylaserclinic.org.uk/).  We are not commissioned to treat warts or molluscum contagiosum, or other benign conditions.  

 

 

Useful links and resources for patients

For information on skin conditions that you might find useful please have a look at the following websites:

Getting to us

We are on the St Mary's Community Health Campus - our department is in BLOCK D.

 

 

Please note we are not based in the St Mary’s Treatment Centre - they are a different company who provide some dermatology services (they were called Care UK, now called Practice Plus). Please contact them on 0333 200 1822 or 0330 058 1813. Their website is www.portsmouthsurgicalcentre.nhs.uk/nhs

 

Arriving by Car:

There is a car park which can get very busy, so consider being dropped off for your visit. 

Car park payment: You pay on exiting at the pay machines by the St Mary's Main Entrance (not at Dermatology). The system is based on number plate recognition and will charge you for the length of time stayed.  There are dispensations for disabled badge holders.  Parking is also available at Fratton Football Club, again requires payment.  Street parking is busy and not recommended.

 

Arriving by Public Transport:

Train - We are a 25 minute walk from Fratton train station

Bus - Bus lines that stop near the St Mary’s site are: V3, 15, 18, 41, 53, 147, 197

Opening hours

8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Thursday

8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday

We are not open on Weekends and Bank Holidays

 

Referral information

We only see patients who have been referred to us from other doctors or their GP practice.  We ask that referrals come with a photo (if possible/appropriate) and so you may need to send your GP a photograph or allow them to take one to attach to the referral letter to us. 

The referral is then sent via the NHS Advice & Guidance service, which is an electronic system that allows us to decide where and when we should book your appointment, and if there is anything helpful management advice that your GP may need to try.  Sometimes we can tell the GP all they need to know to about how to manage your condition correctly, and this may save you a trip to Dermatology. 

The Outpatient Booking Centre deals with sorting all new appointments, therefore please contact them if you have a problem with your first appointment to see us (Outpatient Booking Centre number: 02392 68 1700).  The Dermatology department only directly deals with organising any required follow up appointments.

 

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO ANY TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS IF YOU CANNOT MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT.  IF YOU REPLY BY TEXT THE SYSTEM WILL AUTOMATICALLY DISCHARGE YOU AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANOTHER APPOINTMENT!

 

External Referrals: GPs please refer via the NHS e-Referral Advice and Guidance service only please.

Our Emergency Dermatology on-call service (0900-2000h Monday to Thursday, 0900-1900h Friday to Sunday) can only be accessed by doctors on behalf of their patients; please contact the QA Hospital Switch Board (02392 286000). 

Where to find us

We are on the St Mary's Community Health Campus - our department is in BLOCK D.

We are on the far side of the St Mary's campus, away the main road side, where you will arrive. 

Find us by walking/driving between Block B (part of the main St Mary's building) and Block E (the Enablement Centre)

 

 

Contact information

All NEW appointments are dealt with by the Outpatient Booking centre: 02392 681 700

Please note if you have been seen by the different dermatology service running at the St Mary’s Hospital Treatment Centre they are a separate service to ours (the company was previously called Care UK, now it is called Practice Plus). Please contact them on 0333 200 1822 or 0330 058 1813. Their website is www.portsmouthsurgicalcentre.nhs.uk/nhs 

The internal numbers for our Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust Dermatology Department are (in alphabetical order):

  • Biologic/Psoriasis Nurses (Amanda Sims and Laura Smith) 02380 540426 / 02380 540429 or email dermdrugs@porthosp.nhs.uk
  • Blood tests - please see below 
  • Consultants’ Secretaries:
    • Dr Hughes, Dr Keohane and Dr Sega Hall - 02380 540437
    • Dr Christie, Dr Cooper, and Dr Haworth - 02380 540438
    • Dr Heaton, Dr Lonsdale-Eccles, Dr Mitchell and Dr Shipman - 02380 540439
  • Cancer Nurse Specialist – Becky Clancy and Aimee Giles-Jones - 02380 540428 / 540427
  • Dressings line – 02380 540471
  • Paediatric/Children’s Nurses – Jo Foley and Sally Warkcup – 02380 540774 or email dermchild.portsmouthdermatology@nhs.net
  • Phototherapy (light treatment, PUVA, TL01) Nurses – Karen Pattenden, Gill Jamieson and Sue Gibbs – 02380 540470
  • Reception (for enquiries including follow up appointments and surgical appointments) - 02380 540430
  • Research – Sonia Baryschopolec – dermatology.research@porthosp.nhs.uk
  • Results line (for blood tests only) – 02380 540471 or dermresults@porthosp.nhs.uk
  • Results (biopsy and skin surgery) – histopathology results can take a while to come back. Urgent skin cancer work is normally back within 4 weeks.  Rash and routine biopsies can take longer, sometimes up to 10-12 weeks.  We will write to you, ring you or organise an appointment to discuss your results when we get them.  If you think that a result has been missed, particularly if 3 months have gone by and you have not yet received an appointment by call or letter, then please call the Secretary of the consultant whom you are under.
  • Vulval Nurses – Helen Hammond and Kirstie Fowler – 02380 540471
  • Skin Cancer MDT – our MDT coordinator is Gill Dennis, and she can reached via 02380 540430 or via our Cancer Nurse Specialists.

OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS

  • Switchboard at St. Mary's Hospital - 0300 123 6610
  • Covid line for testing 48-72 hr prior to operation, if required – 02392 681712
  • Pharmacy at St Mary’s 02380 540462
  • Homecare companies for deliveryqueriesofbiologics and some medications – 
    • Alcura 01604 433 500
    • Health Net 0800 083 3060,
    • Lloyds Pharmacy clinical Homecare 0345 26 36123,
    • Healthcare at Home 0333 1039499
  • Petersfield Community Hospital - 02382 319000
  • Gosport War Memorial Hospital - 02392 524611 
  • Fareham Community Hospital - 01489 587400 

For blood tests: if you receive a blood form from Dermatology then you can have the bloods taken from any of the following places which run a weekday service:

  1. Your own GP surgery
  2. St Mary’s – you have to book the appointment – 0300 123 6612
  3. Queen Alexandra Phlebotomy – as of April 2020 there is no walk-in service (due to Covid). A booked appointment is available only if the blood sample must immediately taken to the labs or you are immuno-compromised. Phone 02392 28 6759 to book.
  4. Paediatric outpatients – if you are under 18 you may need to go to the paediatric area walk-in service at the QA
  5. Fareham Community Hospital – you have to book the appointment on 02392 68 1755 
  6. Petersfield Community Hospital – you have to book the appointment on 07943 836488 
  7. Gosport - War Memorial or Medical centre – you have to book the appointment on 02392 681755 
  8. Finally there are a couple of tests we take at site, in Dermatology at St Mary’s, specifically the TB interferon and Research bloods.

Service information

If you need to see us in Dermatology, we have several categories of new appointment:

  • The "2 Week Wait" appointment is part of the NHS Cancer pathway, which means you should be seen by us within 2 weeks of the first referral from your doctor;
  • A "Routine" appointment means we will aim see you within 18 weeks of your referral to us;
  • An "Emergency" appointment, is where the doctor seeing you has to ring our on call team to explain the need for an emergency appointment, and we will assess and triage the referral;
  • Any "Urgent" referral is one where we will aim to see you within 6 weeks of your referral;
  • The new "Direct Surgery Booking", has just been started, and one of our team will ring you to explain the process, but your first trip to see us in the Department will be for a surgical procedure

For remote consultations, you may be offered a telephone consultation, video consultation or asked to send us photographs.  When we ring patients, our number has a Southampton code but can often be withheld.  Whilst we try to call people at arranged times this is not always possible and the nurses or doctors will call you when they are able.  If you have an answer-phone we tend not to leave messages unless we know the messaging service belongs to you (i.e. you have left a personalised message) or if we have your permission to leave a message; this is to protect your confidentiality. 

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