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Dermatology Services

Private Dermatology Services at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr is centrally located and provides fast access to skilled and experienced skin specialists (Dermatologists) who diagnose and treat a wide range of skin complaints.

If a mole changes suddenly, in size, shape or colour, or you find something new on your skin and don’t know what it is, it’s a good idea to get it looked at by a specialist. Seeing a consultant dermatologist can relieve any anxiety you have by providing you with advice, a diagnosis, and, if necessary, treatment quickly.

Our consultants will see you face-to-face, assuring you of a thorough examination and diagnosis. You are encouraged to take your time explaining your concerns, and treatments are tailored to your individual needs and expectations.

You can see a Consultant Dermatologist at Carrick Glen Hospital at a time that’s convenient for you. It’s easy to get to from anywhere in Ayrshire and also attracts patients from further afield, including Dumfries and Galloway.

Dermatology is a medical speciality dealing with conditions, disorders and diseases of the skin and nails.

Consultant Dermatologists are general physicians who specialise in this branch of medicine. The skin disorders they diagnose and treat are wide-ranging, from minor warts to severe diseases such as skin cancer.

Our dermatologists also have sub-specialities within their fields, such as alopecia (hair loss), skin cancer, and genital skin conditions like itchy white patches (lichen sclerosus), rashes (lichen planus) and itching around the female genitalia (vulval pruritus).

Some of the skin complaints seen by our dermatologists include:

  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Chronic seborrhoea
  • Psoriasis
  • Contact allergies
  • Uncontrollable itching
  • Rosacea
  • Severe acne
  • Rashes
  • Moles
  • Warts
  • Verrucas
  • Fungal infections
  • Non-cancerous (benign) lesions
  • Genital conditions, e.g. genital and perianal itch
  • Skin cancer
  • Perianal streptococcal dermatitis
  • Pruritus ani (itching around the back passage)

Most patients that our Consultant Dermatologists see have a referral from a GP or other consultant. You can also self-refer to the service.

On arrival at the hospital, our friendly receptionists will greet you and direct you to the waiting area. Your consultant will then come out and take you into one of our private consultation rooms.

During your appointment, your consultant dermatologist will ask you to explain what’s been going on, including your symptoms and when they started, how it’s impacting your daily life and any medications you’ve already used to try and treat it.

They will also take a complete medical history as other conditions can trigger some types of skin conditions.

Your Consultant Dermatologist will likely do a physical examination to take a detailed look at the area of concern.

If your condition is on a private area of your body, we’ll provide you with a chaperone for any examinations.

Should you need to take some of your clothes off, you can do so behind a curtain, and we provide you with a cover-up to ensure your modesty throughout.

Your consultant will examine the area by eye and through a handheld dermatoscope with a polarising light (dermatoscopy). A dermatoscope provides a detailed, magnified image and can show pigment patterns and blood vessels that are not visible to the naked eye.

At the first consultation, we can carry out diagnostic tests, including surgical skin scrapings (curettage) to identify fungal infections and swabs for bacterial infections.

Biopsies for diagnosing skin lesions would take place at a separate appointment. Biopsies can help your consultant rule out or diagnose skin conditions such as psoriasis and skin cancer.

Our Consultant Dermatologists work closely with other specialists at the hospital. Should they think that your condition would be better suited to another specialist, they can refer you on quickly. For example, if you have skin cancer that requires a graft or flap reconstruction during the removal, they will refer you to a plastic surgeon who is highly experienced in these procedures.

Your dermatologist can perform some procedures at your first consultation, including cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to burn off sun damage (solar keratosis), viral warts or skin tags.

If you need a surgical intervention, this would be done in a special minor procedure room at the hospital under local anaesthetic. The procedure requires a separate appointment and usually takes 30 minutes.

Common surgical procedures carried out in our minor procedure room include:

  • Excision biopsy – removal of a lesion using a small knife (scalpel)
  • Shave biopsies – removal of a lesion on the surface of the skin using a medical razor
  • Hyfrecation – using an electric current to eliminate large blood vessels and thread veins
  • Snip excision – when scissors are used to remove lesions such as skin tags

If you need patch testing for contact dermatitis (reactions associated with something on your skin), the procedure requires three appointments over five days. Your dermatologist will place a small patch on your back at the first appointment. You’ll return 48 hours later for the patch to be taken off; this is usually done by one of our nurses. Forty-eight hours after the patch has been removed, you’ll return to see the consultant, who will go over the results with you.

We can also treat alopecia in men and women with intralesional steroid injections and topical treatments. Depending on the type of alopecia, there are also oral therapies.

You don’t have to wait long to get a dermatology appointment at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital. Our consultants will see you at a time and day that suits you, quickly alleviating your anxiety and worry about any change in your skin, hair or nails.

Our Consultant Dermatologists are all experienced in their field and have sub-specialist interests in skin cancer, vulval diseases of the skin (dermatoses) and alopecia.

Diagnostics and treatments are carried out promptly, with those such as skin cancer treated urgently.

Our consultants can cross-refer to other specialists within the hospital should they be more appropriate for your condition.

Specialists Offering Dermatology Services

Dr Isabelle Hay

Consultant Dermatologist

BSc(Hons), MBChB, FRCP

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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