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.

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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.

Heaton, Christopher James Dr Bsc Hons, MBCHB, MRCP, MRCP(derm)

Last updated: 27 July 2021

heaton


Consultant

Specialty:

Medicine


Sub Specialty:

Dermatology


Main location

St Marys Hospital, Gosport War Memorial Hospital.


Key achievements

I graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh and University of St Andrews in 2005. I first started in dermatology in 2007 in Portsmouth Hospitals Trust dermatology department. I completed my dermatology training in May 2016 on the Wessex rotation. I now work in one of the busiest dermatology departments on the South Coast.

I have interests and Speciality training in all aspects of dermatology including: General dermatology (eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, itchy skin, urticaria, infections), skin lesions (moles, cysts, warts, skin tags and blemishes), sun damage and treatments, photodynamic therapy and skin cancer treatments, including surgical management of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers (including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma).

I have performed thousands of primary and re-excisions from all areas of the body in the management of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. In my NHS position I do twice weekly surgical lists with on average 20+ procedures performed each week. The goal is always treatment of the skin cancer with utmost consideration to preserving the cosmetic profile.

I am married to a local General Practitioner and have a young family at the local Church of England School. At the weekends we enjoy all outdoor pursuits and in the summer our favorite holiday destination is the North Cornwall coast for walking, surfing and occasional fishing and cooking.

Professional memberships


Member of the Royal College of Physicians London.
Member of the British Association of Dermatologists.
Member of the British Society for Medical Dermatology.
Member of the British Society for Surgical Dermatology.
Member of the British Medical Association.


Areas of interest


General dermatology;
eczema; psoriasis; acne; rosacea; vitiligo; itchy skin; urticaria; infections; blackheads; greasy skin; hair disorders; hair loss; alopecia; nail problems; fungal nail; cysts; redness; dermatitis; allergy; roaccutane;

Skin lesions; moles; cysts; warts; skin tags; blemishes; age spots; basal cell carcinoma; rodent ulcer; squamous cell carcinoma; melanoma; bowens disease

Sun damage; treatments; phototherapy; skin cancer treatments; mole mapping; oncology;

Surgery; melanoma; non-melanoma skin cancers; basal cell; rodent; squamous cell carcinoma; benign lesions; bowens disease;



Contact information

Lauren.Coyne@porthosp.nhs.uk
Elaine.Shipp@porthosp.nhs.uk
Teresa.Coston@porthosp.nhs.uk

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Our enthusiastic and diverse team at the Portsmouth Dermatology Centre, which is based at the St Mary's Health Community Campus, receive referrals for patients with a wide range of skin problems, such as long-term conditions like psoriasis and eczema, through to skin cancers. Treatments for these problems vary from prescription medicines to dressings, day treatments and specialised light therapies given within the department. Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma may require surgical treatments. These range from small biopsies to large excisions, and we also carry out more complex Mohs micrographic surgery in some instances.

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