Dermatology service

dermatology Our dermatology service provides consultation and treatment for a number of skin conditions including:

  • Acne
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Mole mapping
  • Common skin complaints

Tests and Treatments

Dermatologist consultants will utilise a number of investigations to aid them in their diagnosis such as:

Blood testing

Range of blood tests can indicate if there is an inflammatory responses within your body that can be contributing to your skin condition. They are also used to monitor the effects of some of the medical treatments used to treat skin conditions.

Punch biopsy/ removal of skin lesions

For any lesion or skin irritation the Dermatologist may take a sample of skin to ascertain what the skin condition is. This involves freezing the area around the skin lesion with some local anaesthetic and removing part or all of the affected area so that it can be analysed in laboratory conditions. The procedure can take from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size and amount of lesions to be removed. The majority of procedures will take place within the Outpatient Department however occasionally it requires admission into the operating theatre as a daycase. You should receive the results within 2-6 weeks depending on what tests are carried out. 


Cryotherapy can be used for skin warts

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT combines the use of a special cream that is applied to the area of skin to be treated and a pure red beam of light which is then directed on to that area and can be used to treat skin conditions such as Bowens, Basal cell carcinoma and Keratosis.

The chemical in the cream is taken up by the abnormal skin cells and is converted to a light sensitive chemical within these cells. The red light is then shone onto the treated area to activate this chemical, which then destroys the abnormal cells.

PDT is usually carried out over two appointments, which are held one week apart.

Skin patch testing

One in three people will see a doctor because of an allergy at some point in their life.

A substance may have come into contact with your skin causing a rash or swelling which is referred to as Contact Allergic Dermatitis.  Your GP has referred to you to a consultant dermatologist to investigate the cause of your allergy through a Skin Patch test. The severity of your rash depends upon the nature of the substance, its concentration and your skin history.

Skin patch testing is a method of detecting an allergy to a substance that has come into contact with your skin. These substances may be found at work, at home or in your leisure activities. Examples include perfume, jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, medicines, chemicals or metals.

Skin patch testing is carried out over 3 appointments 48 hours apart.

Acne treatment

Acne is a common inflammatory disorder of the face, back, and chest that is characterised by the presence of blackheads, pustules, and potentially cysts and scars. About 80% of adolescents will have acne for some period, and it can occur in adults too. Most types of acne are readily treatable, although options for severe acne are limited.

Isotretinoin is an oral treatment for severe types of acne. Isotretinoin can only be prescribed by, or under supervision of, physicians.

Isotretinoin is available only on prescription and should be prescribed only in a consultant-led team. Prescriptions for isotretinoin should be issued by a consultant Dermatologist. This way, specialists Albyn Hospital isotretinoin. A course of treatment usually lasts between 16 weeks and 24 weeks, and at least 8 weeks should pass before another course is given (during which time a full assessment of the response to treatment should be made by a specialist).


To make an appointment or find out more information please make an online enquiry here or call  0808 101 337.