The team at Skin Care Network hope that our patients are in good health and remain so. We will be taking every precaution to maintain the health of visitors and staff members.
Alongside our own initiatives, we are acting in accordance with Public Health England Guidelines:
- Skin Care Network will remain open during the Covid-19 outbreak, to provide emergency Dermatology care. (As an essential service)
- We are not able at this time to offer routine, or elective procedures for high risk patients, although as below, advice can be given.
- Consultations by telephone, Skype, or similar teledermatology connections are available. (Normally covered by insurance companies)
- We have a private car park and entry at the rear of the practice, minimising risk for patients who are attending. (8:00 am-4:00 pm)
- The area of separation between patient appointments has been increased, to minimise delay and with the intent of no waiting time.
- To maximise social isolation, we have restricted the running of simultaneous clinics, which will further reduce contact in waiting areas.
- Specialised imaging equipment ( e.g. Dermoscopy) can be sent to your home address, to allow imaging of difficult, potential skin cancers.
- All patients are screened prior to their appointment, for symptoms of Covid-19. Delay will be nominal and we appreciate your cooperation.
We have produced a page which better defines conditions we can treat at the clinic. To assist GPs, or medical insurance staff, although patients are welcome to read.
If you require any clarification on the points above, have concerns about your dermatological health, or attending an appointment, please call us on 020 8441 1043. The time you need will be given and a solution found for most situations.
Infection control has always been of paramount importance at our clinic. Procedures will be further enhanced regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), voluntarily and in line with guidance from health authorities.
The practices we use for hand sanitation after seeing our patients will help. Cleanliness in all areas will be rigorously maintained, including the use of anti-viral wipes for all surfaces and handles.
As mentioned above, we are screening all patients and access to our clinic is either from a private car park, or public road. This limits exposure to hospitals, or general clinics, where patients with infections may be present.
Our staff are being supported, in a personal sense and through understanding procedural changes. We will also ensure that patients receive all possible support.
There are still steps we need to take immediately, to try to preserve a safe environment for all who attend our clinic.
Having Current Symptoms
The latest government guidance suggests increased separation for all of us and importantly that people with symptoms stay at home. The same applies if others in your household have coronavirus symptoms.
Should you have a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, or similar symptoms, we ask that you do not attend. A fair proportion will be conditions we all get at this time of year but patient safety has to come first.
There is no intention to discriminate and we will make every effort to ensure people in need receive treatment. As with any queries, please get in touch with our team if any of the above apply and we will try to assist.
Monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation and acting appropriately will continue to be a priority for us, your assistance in making this work is welcomed.
The available guidance offers a base and we will get through the problem by pulling together, acting in a protective way.
Looking after ourselves will help, even with varying degrees of isolation. Keeping hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet matter, as does as much exercise as you can manage, alongside keeping in regular contact with people.
Nobody should suggest there isn’t a problem but the worst media stories from a couple of months ago have not yet come true. If we work together, look after ourselves and each other, this can remain so.