Patient and visitor guides


Jargon buster


A collection of small blood vessels that produces a lump in the skin sometimes called strawberry marks. Haemangiomas can be superficial (capillary) or deep (cavernous). Find out more about this condition and other birthmarks at NHS Choices.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Skin Laser Treatment

Contact: (0191) 282 9732 - Susan Richardson, Laser Nurse Specialist

The Skin Laser Service is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and was one of the first units of its kind to be established in the UK over some 20 years ago.

The service is led by an experienced Laser Nurse Specialist who works within plastic surgery, but who works closely with Dermatology and Peri-operative care directorates.

Clinical expertise and specialist facilities

Two vascular lasers are used for the treatment of conditions such as Port Wine Stains, facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevus, and residual haemangiomas.  We also have a skin resurfacing Carbon Dioxide laser suitable for some types of acne scarring and the treatment of many skin lesions.

The Adult Laser Unit at the RVI is based in the Laser Suite, Level 2, New Victoria Wing. Children receive treatment in Paediatric Theatres Level 4, New Victoria Wing, RVI.

Specialist care to meet all your needs

Our service is committed to ensuring patients receive high quality continuity of care and children are able to complete a course of treatment for congenital abnormalities, such as Port Wine Stain, before they start school. This is of enormous benefit to them and their families both physically and emotionally.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more information about our Laser Skin Service please contact:


Janis Purves

Laser Nurse Specialist

Telephone:  (0191) 282 9732

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