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Dermatology

Current status – 1 August 2022

West (Gwynedd & Anglesey)

There is currently a reduction in the number of clinic sessions due to a lack of clinic space available and adhering to social distancing requirements in waiting rooms. There are also medical and nursing vacancies within Dermatology, which has reduced the number of clinics we are currently able to offer.

A selection of face-to-face Dermatology outpatient clinics and Minor Operation clinics for procedures under local anaesthetic are running at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Llandudno Hospital, Alltwen Hospital and Penrhos Stanley Hospital. These face-to-face clinics are currently being utilised for skin cancer and clinically urgent patients only at present.

A small number of clinics will continue operating via telephone across all sites; these will be run by the medical and specialist nursing team.

There are plans to increase the capacity within the service over the next few months.

Central (Conwy & Denbighshire)

Dermatology outpatient services are currently running in Glan Clwyd Hospital, Denbigh Infirmary, Colwyn Bay and Holywell community hospitals.

Children and adults with urgent skin lesions or urgent general dermatology problems (eg rashes) are being seen face-to-face in the outpatient clinics at all sites. Follow up appointments are offered either by telephone appointment or face to face, as necessary.

Minor procedures using local anaesthetic are being undertaken at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Denbigh Infirmary and Colwyn Bay Hospital. Occasionally, patients with urgent skin lesions may be offered treatment on the day of their first appointment, if appropriate.

Young adults and children with eczema and acne are offered face-to-face appointments in Glan Clwyd Hospital. Telephone consultations are in place for some follow up patients with acne and eczema. Where necessary, face-to-face follow up appointments are provided.

Patients with leg ulceration referred to dermatology are offered face-to-face appointments in Glan Clwyd hospital.

Patients on long-term medication prescribed by dermatologists may be offered follow up telephone consultations. Where this is not appropriate, patients are seen face-to-face in the outpatient clinic.

Patients with a recent history of skin cancer are offered face to face follow up appointments, in line with national guidelines. 

The full Phototherapy Service is running from Glan Clwyd hospital.

A limited patch test service has restarted in January 2022 in Glan Clwyd Hospital.

East (Flintshire & Wrexham)

Dermatology outpatient services are currently running in Wrexham Maelor, Deeside, Mold and Chirk Community Hospitals.

Children and adults with urgent skin lesions or urgent general dermatology problems (eg rashes) are being seen face-to-face in the outpatient clinics at all sites. Follow up appointments are offered either by telephone appointment or face to face, as necessary.

Minor procedures using local anaesthetic are being undertaken at Wrexham Maelor, Deeside and Chirk.

Young adults and children with eczema and acne are offered face-to-face appointments in Wrexham Maelor. Telephone consultations are in place for some follow up patients with acne and eczema. Where necessary, face-to-face follow up appointments are provided.

Patients with leg ulceration referred to dermatology are offered face-to-face nurse led appointments in Wrexham Maelor hospital.

Patients on long-term medication prescribed by dermatologists are offered follow up telephone consultations. Where this is not appropriate, patients are seen face-to-face in the outpatient clinic.

Patients with a recent history of skin cancer are offered face-to-face follow up appointments, in line with national guidelines.