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Community Dermatology Service

  

A community based service for advice, management and education in common skin conditions


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Coventry Guidance

Community Dermatology Clinics

All community based dermatological issues can appropriately be referred via Choose & Book or by using the Specialist Nurse Led Clinic referral form.

Do not refer patients with suspected cancer or pre-cancer to this service.

The community dermatology service is provided by two GP’s with a specialist interest in Dermatology and one specialist nurse.

Available to patients registered with a Coventry GP.

The Community Dermatology service is based at:
City of Coventry Health Centre (First Floor)
2 Stoney Stanton Road,
Coventry
CV1 4FS.

Cryotherapy Clinics

Patients with viral warts MUST undertake a period of self-treatment prior to referral.

Warts must be of a size or location sufficient to cause a significant functional problem (See CRCCG Aesthetic Policy)

Patient must be available for a planned course of treatment.

Ano-genital warts are managed by Integrated Sexual Health Services – click for link

GPwSI and Nurse Led Dermatology Minor Op Clinics

Monthly minor ops clinics are held within a designated minor ops suite.

Procedures carried out include:

  • Hyfrecation,
  • Curettage,
  • Cautery,
  • Shave excisions,
  • Punch biopsies,
  • Incisions and excisions.

 GPwsi Dermatology Clinics

Close working with community and secondary care providers to deliver fully integrated care:

  • Minor surgery for diagnostic purposes
  • Cryotherapy for benign and pre-malignant conditions
  • Dermatoscopy to diagnose unsuspected cancerous lesions
  • Diagnostic procedures such as skin scrapings , swabbing for suspected bacterial and viral infections
  • Acne treatment
  • Education on how to manage chronic, lifelong skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Seamless integrated pathways to Secondary Care
  • Low follow up rates
  • Up to 90% of presentations managed entirely within Primary Care

Specialist Nurse Led Clinics

Community Nurse Led Service managed by a dermatology specialist nurse with many years of dermatology experience working closely with primary and secondary care offers:

  • Home visits for patients who are house bound
  • Cryotherapy for benign lesions
  • Skin Scrapings for diagnostic purposes
  • Minor Surgery for benign lesions
  • Individual Patient Management plans for conditions such as eczema and psoriasis ( all types of eczema including: atopic, varicose, seborrhoeic, contact and hand eczemas)
  • Education and advice on the management and treatment of life long chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • Advice and education on wet wrapping for paediatrics and adults
  • Education on the use and safe management of topical steroid use
  • Teaching packages to GP practices and other members of the multi-disciplinary teams on dermatology ( For any teaching or clinic shadowing requirements  contact the operational lead Teri.fuller@covwarkpt.nhs.uk )

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