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basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

The most common type of skin cancer (also known as rodent ulcers) that does not behave aggressively and does not spread to other areas but do need to be removed. Find out more about this condition at NHS Choices.

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Dermatology (Skin conditions)

Services and Clinics

This page gives you information about our clinics and services - please click on the titles of each section to learn more about what the services do.

Most of the clinics are based within Dermatology Outpatients, however we also provide clinics at a range of locations throughout the region in order to provide care closer some of the homes of our patients


Community Services - North and South of Tyne

The Trust will cease to provide Community Dermatology South of Tyne from 1st July 2016.  The clinics will be replaced by Secondary Care Clinics which will run from Cleadon Park and Blaydon health centres.  Patients with review appointments at either Hebburn or Wrekenton will be send revised appointments at either Cleadon or Blaydon.  The Trust has also given notice to cease provision of Community Dermatology throughout Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. These clinics will cease from around 1st October 2016 and will be replaced by secondary care clinics at Ponteland Road and the RVI.

Melanoma Screening Clinic

This clinic is available helps to quickly to rule out the possibility of a suspicious mole or other skin lesion being a skin cancer.  Clinics are held at both the RVI and Manor Walks Health Centre, Cramlington.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

The RVI is the only provider of Mohs Micrographic Surgery in the North East - an innovative and highly successful treatment for skin cancer.

General Dermatology

The Dermatology department has numerous general dermatology clinics throughout the week which can treat a wide range of problems. These are provided not only at the RVI, but at locations throughout the region.

Oral Dermatology

This is a joint clinic with consultants from Oral Medicine and Dermatology. Diseases affecting both the skin and oral cavity are seen along with investigations for allergy to dental restoration materials.

Mild to moderate Psoriasis

Providing specialist care for our patients with psoriasis this clinic is run by our team of highly-skilled nursing staff.

Eczema

This is a nurse-led clinic who will provide you with information about Eczema, and how you can manage it with various treatments.

Severe Psoriasis

This clinic is mainly for treating our patients with severe psoriasis but other patients sometimes with severe skin diseases attend for treatment with Biologic drugs. Biologic drugs are relatively new medicines which are given as injections or infusions and require careful monitoring delivered within this clinic.

Wound management

We have instigated a new consultant-led multidisciplinary clinic to assess and treat chronic, complex wounds. The clinic works very closely with community services to ensure that we can provide clear treatment plans for our patients.

 

Skin Allergies

This service provides assessment on whether or not a skin allergy exists using a technique called Patch Testing. From there we are able to provide specialised care and treatment to our patients

Children's Clinics

We run specialist Children's clinics which are supported by Specialist Nurses, and deal with a wide range of Paediatric skin conditions in an environment that we hope provides comfort and support to parents and children.

Skin Laser

This service is run jointly with our colleagues in Plastic Surgery, and treats a range of conditions including port wine stains and burst facial veins.

Connective Tissue Service

Newcastle is one of only a few UK centres providing a specialised service for Connective Tissue Diseases with skin problems. 

Genital Dermatoses

We run the only clinic of this kind in the Northern region for skin problems around the genital area. The clinics provides treatment, support and guidance.

Leg Ulcer

Our specialist Leg Ulcer clinic is run by qualified nursing staff. At the clinic you will receive a full assessment of your condition and one of our specialist nurses will provide regular treatment or advise a course of treatment to be carried out by your practice or district nurse.

Camouflage Clinic

This clinic is run to give cosmetic advice on how patients can deal with skin conditions they may find distressing.

Dermojet Clinic

This clinic is nurse-run and is set up to provide treatment to our patients for certain conditions which require the administering of liquid treatments.

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