Urgent treatment is available at our clinic, a consultation via video link can be arranged for all cases.
Skin Care Network will offer remote (secure video link) consultations and guidance for all medical dermatology requirements, throughout the COVID-19 epidemic.
Our clinic will also remain open for visits, when patients have time critical dermatology needs. Whilst other medical conditions can be considered, skin cancer removal will be a significant part of direct care.
Procedures will adhere to the latest guidelines from NHS England and the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). You can read their full guidance, along with our synopsis of the main conditions to be treated:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma – Highly symptomatic lesions and those with potential for significant, rapid growth.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Rapidly enlarging, or poorly differentiated tumours, perineural tumours, ulcerated and symptomatic lesions, other lesions in patient with significant risk factors.
- Malignant Melanoma – Tumours which are beyond being clearly diagnosed as in situ i.e. at stage 0.
- Other Types Of Lesion – Where the condition is found to be at a time critical stage in development and represents a risk to the patient.
How The Approach Will Work
Whether remote, or on site, all procedures will take place at our CQC registered clinic, off Wood Street, in Barnet, North London.
On site consultations will be in one of our eight consultation rooms, with all mole/skin cancer removals taking place at our in house, purpose-built theatre.
Patient contact will follow BAD guidelines, including the “Avoid, Restrict, Abbreviate” approach. Interactions will be minimised, to restrict the level of contact.
Medical services will be delivered by our established team of consultant dermatologists, you are welcome to see both brief and full biographies of:
Patients can be referred as normal to our reception team, by GPs, or insurance companies, who are now all covering remote consultations alongside treatment. Self referral as a private patient is equally acceptable.
For general medical dermatology appointments, our team will book a remote consultation with a specialist, normally on the same day.
In a suspected skin cancer case, an in clinic consultation with one of our consultants will be available within 1 to 3 days. If surgery is indicated, this will take place during the same visit in almost all cases.
Follow ups will be handled remotely where possible, in order to restrict further interaction between staff and patients.
Quality Of Service
The current situation requires us to change approach but this need not be detrimental to patients. We are comfortable with teledermatology and where visits are required, stringent procedures will safeguard patients.
Along with our colleagues across the field of medicine, we have a duty and wish to care for people with a range of conditions. New protocols designed to protect from one significant condition need not stop treatment of others.
If you have any questions on the points above, or on a specific case, by all means get in touch with us at any time.