Dermatology has benefited from recent advances more than most branches of medicine. Our consultants deal with an area of the body which is visible and suited to digital imagery.
In many cases, diagnosis, advice and treatment can come immediately from teledermatology, via a video link. In the few cases where further investigation is required, understanding of your condition has still been enhanced.
Where further diagnosis is needed, dedicated imaging equipment, such as a dermascope, can be sent to your home. This can add clarity on suspicious areas, perhaps lesions which may be a form of skin cancer.
With the position the Covid-19 epidemic has brought about, this is a fine solution to offering specialist care. There is no need to breach social distancing guidelines, or even to leave your own home.
Straightforward & Safe
The approach used is in a sense no different than a video call with your family. Anything you are unfamiliar with will be explained, for as long as you wish, you are also welcome to have a friend, or family member to assist.
Neither is teledermatology entirely new, Primary Care Commissioning and The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) produced Quality Standards and procedural guidelines for teledermatology as far back as 2011.
The BAD and other health, or professional bodies have specialist committees constantly reviewing use. Teledermatology consultations are accepted by and normally covered by medical insurance companies.
Skin Care Network’s London clinic is organised for teledermatology and the follow up care this should bring. Our consultants are comfortable with the approach and the benefits this delivers to their patients, especially in current times.
Into The Future
Teledermatology, in London particularly, may well have become the norm within a decade. Detailed research has proven this to be effective, bringing together specialist knowledge and a new access route.
The onset of coronavirus requires this to happen now, rather than in a few years. We are however more prepared than most medical sectors and do not feel patients will be notably disadvantaged.
Where this is best for long term outcome, we can still treat certain conditions at the clinic, although remote consultations are proving effective in many cases.
Apart from previous teledermatology use, our staff constantly use digital imaging, for mole mapping, dermoscopy, confocal microscopy and more. The adjustments thrust upon all of us are in our case issue free.
Our wish is to continue to provide optimal, safe, effective dermatology. A virtual consultation can do so, if we can assist with any skin issues you have, please email us now, or call at a time to suit.