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Dermatology Services

Private Dermatology Services at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

If you’re currently suffering from a skin condition such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, or you have a lesion or mole you think needs attention, you can book an appointment at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, where one of the leading dermatologists are ready to help you.

 

The expert Consultant Dermatologists that we work with have access to our cutting-edge technology and advanced facilities that enable us to offer accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for a wide range of skin disorders.

 

Diagnosis and treatment for various conditions and skin lesions will be offered at the same appointment wherever possible, and diagnosis may include specialised scopes, blood tests or biopsies.

 

We offer a fast turnaround for diagnostics and treatment for all suspected skin cancers and will ensure we assess any worrying lesions quickly and effectively. However, most of the time, there is nothing to worry about, and any lesions requiring attention are easily treated. 

 

The experienced dermatology consultants are also able to carry out private minor surgery for the removal of skin lesions such as moles, cysts, lipomas and skin tags.

 

Book your initial appointment at BMI Ross Hall Hospital’s comprehensive dermatology facility today.

Dermatology is a medical speciality that’s primarily concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of skin conditions. Dermatologists also look after the nails, scalp and hair. A Dermatologist is trained to identify and treat over 5,000 conditions related to these areas.

The skin is a remarkable organ that acts as your first line of defence against disease, shields your other organs and regulates your temperature. Dermatologists at BMI Ross Hall Hospital are all expert consultants with extensive experience and specialised skills to be able to offer you the best care possible.

Skin conditions vary greatly in their severity and can be caused by a number of factors. Common factors include allergens, irritants, stress, skin cancer, genetic factors and autoimmunity. Common symptoms to look out for include:

  • Itchy, flaky, red or dry skin
  • New spots on the skin
  • Dry, hard or scaly spots of skin
  • A mole or lesion that has changed in size, shape or colour

If you notice any mole or lesion that has changed in size, shape or colour and are worried that it might be skin cancer, BMI Ross Hall Hospital offers specialised private skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Whilst noticing a change on your skin can be worrying, consultants are frequently able to reassure patients that there is nothing to worry about. 

We regularly help patients experiencing the following conditions:

  • Lesions, lumps and bumps on the skin
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Sebaceous cysts
  • Skin cancers
  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Melanoma

Whatever the severity of your skin condition, diagnosis and treatment will be tailored to you and conducted by a professional dermatology consultant supported by the experienced multidisciplinary team at BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

We understand that many skin conditions can result in anxiety or feeling self-conscious, which is why the expert dermatological consultants aim to diagnose and treat you as quickly as possible.

During the initial consultation, your specialist will learn about and evaluate your symptoms and medical history to get a clear understanding of your possible condition and to determine the best course of treatment.

Depending on your condition and severity of symptoms, your consultant may request further tests be carried out to assess your potential situation in more detail. For a variety of conditions, diagnosis and treatment will be offered at the same appointment wherever possible.

The dermatology speciality is not a major surgery speciality. Therefore, the majority of care is provided in outpatients, with most diagnosis and examinations carried out in the same room. We offer all minor surgical procedures in our dedicated outpatient treatment rooms, which allow patients a seamless and prompt treatment journey.

For common skin conditions such as eczema and acne, further investigative tests are rare. Usually, your Dermatologist will provide specialist advice and possibly write you a prescription before arranging a follow-up appointment in a few weeks.

For concerning moles or lesions, the Dermatologist will carry out a thorough examination of the affected area. They will use a dermoscope, which is a specialist dermatological microscope, to examine the lesion or mole as well as examining the rest of your body to ensure there are no other lesions that need attention.

Upon this examination, the consultant may request biopsies, blood tests or skin samples be taken. Most of the following tests can be booked within a couple of weeks:

  • Biopsy - a tissue sample is taken from the lesion or mole to examine it more closely for the presence or extent of disease.

  • Skin samples - Samples of your skin are examined under a microscope to look for skin cancer, skin infections or skin disorders.

Once the tests have been completed and the results are ready, you’ll attend a follow-up appointment or have a phone call to discuss the results and determine the best form of treatment for you. If no further treatment is required, your consultant will write to you with a discharge letter.

In the situation that your biopsy results confirm that you have a form of skin cancer, your Dermatologist will discuss the next steps and determine a comprehensive treatment plan for you.

Available at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, Mohs micrographic surgery is considered the most effective treatment for treating some of the most common types of skin cancer (BCCs and SCCs).

The aim of the surgery is to remove as much of the cancer as feasibly possible while causing the least damage to healthy surrounding tissue. Thin layers of skin containing the cancer are gradually removed and examined in the lab until no cancer-containing tissue remains, only healthy tissue. The procedure is commonly known as Mohs micrographic surgery.

It is considered the most effective skin cancer treatment because it has the highest cure rate, up to 94% for skin cancer that has returned from previous treatment and 99% for skin cancer that has not before been treated.

It has many additional benefits associated with it, most notably the fact that it is a fairly straightforward procedure and can usually be done in outpatients in stages while the patient waits. It can also be done under local anaesthesia and leaves minimal residual damage.

If you require treatment for a skin condition or are experiencing symptoms that have you concerned, there is no better place for diagnostics and treatment in Scotland than BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

Our excellent outpatient team supports the consultant Dermatologists to provide you with comprehensive care, whether you’re experiencing acne or require treatment for skin cancer. With advanced facilities and a forward-thinking approach, the leading specialists will ensure you receive tailored treatment and will be there to comfort and reassure you from initial consultation and diagnosis to treatment and throughout your recovery.

At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, we are proud of our prompt, safe and high-quality care for patients. We offer:

  • A multidisciplinary team - Dermatology specialists are supported by a wider team of nurses, radiographers, pharmacists and consultants from other specialities, including plastic surgery. This ensures we can consistently offer fast, comprehensive dermatology treatment with appointment times to suit you.

  • Private skin cancer treatment - We offer rapid access to diagnostics and treatment for all skin cancers. After the initial consultation, your consultant will present the diagnosis and tailored treatment plan. The Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons are adept at carrying out private surgery, curettage and electrocautery (C&C), and cryosurgery to treat skin cancer.

  • Fast access and treatment - We understand that certain skin conditions can cause you to feel self-conscious, which is why at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, we are usually able to offer patients an appointment with the relevant consultant within 48 hours, ensuring your diagnosis and treatment are able to get started quickly. Moreover, for a variety of skin conditions, diagnosis and treatment will be offered at the same appointment wherever possible.

Your skin works hard to protect your body from harmful diseases, and sometimes, it requires some help. When you do need treatment, you’ll want to know you are in the best hands to help you through to a full recovery. The vastly experienced dermatology team is here to help you through every stage of your journey.

Give us a call or book online with a dermatology consultant today.

Specialists Offering Dermatology Services

Dr Nicholas Wainwright

Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS MRCP FRCP MA

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr Isabelle Hay

Consultant Dermatologist

BSc(Hons), MBChB, FRCP

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr Susan Holmes

Consultant Dermatologist

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCP, MD, FRCP

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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