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Dr Sarah Wakelin

Consultant Dermatologist


Practices at: BMI Bishops Wood Hospital

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Personal Profile

Dr Sarah Wakelin qualified in medicine in King’s College London in 1988. She completed her dermatological training as a senior registrar in the department of Cutaneous Allergy at St John’s Institute of Dermatology prior to being appointed as a consultant dermatologist at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London in 1999. 
She has been consulting at BMI Bishop’s Wood Hospital for over 20 years and has enjoyed the opportunity this has given her to provide dermatology care for many local residents and their friends and families.   
Patients feedback that she has a calm, professional and friendly approach and is able to give clear guidance and explanations about the treatment options for skin complaints. 

Dr Wakelin has broad expertise in all aspects of adult dermatology.  She carries out simple minor surgical procedures including removal of moles, skin tags, keratoses, small non-facial skin cancers and cryotherapy. Her special interest is in allergic skin diseases and she is a committee member of the British Contact Dermatitis Society. 
At her NHS base, St Mary’s Hospital, London, she supervises the skin allergy service where she investigates people with suspected contact allergy by patch testing.  She also has a special expertise in inflammatory skin problems, facial rashes and acne.  She does not carry out rejuvenation (anti-ageing’) treatment, lasers, botox or dermal fillers as these procedures and not her areas of expertise.    

Dr Wakelin enjoys writing and she has had many original articles published in scientific journals.  She is the author of ‘Your Guide to Eczema,’ and the co-author of the ‘Colour Handbook of Dermatology’ and co-editor of ‘A Handbook of Systemic Drug Treatment in Dermatology.’  She is also the editor and a chapter author for the Dermatology section of the 2021 Medicine Journal series. 
She was formerly the module lead for dermatology in the Imperial College Diploma and MSc courses in allergy and an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College of science technology and medicine.  She has served on the British Association of Dermatologists Therapeutics and Guidelines Committee. In her NHS clinics, she teaches general practitioners, trainee dermatologists and undergraduate medical students. 
Her non-clinical work includes acting as an advisor for pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical companies and a medicolegal expert witness. 
When not working, she enjoys singing, swimming and gardening. 

Clinical Interests

  • General dermatology
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Allergic skin disorders
  • Adolescents and adult dermatology

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of Dermatologists
  • British Contact Dermatitis Society
  • European Contact Dermatitis Society
  • St John's Dermatological Society
  • Royal Society of Medicine

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