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.
Our clinic has offered a video link for some time, not least to help during the pandemic. Whilst we are now in a “living with Covid” phase, the service remains available, for those who need this, or by preference.
In many cases, diagnosis, advice and treatment can come immediately from teledermatology. In the few cases where further investigation is required, understanding of your condition has still been enhanced.
There will always be times when a real world visit is best, where physical samples need to be taken, in office diagnostics used to add clarity, or treatment facilities. Even so, teledermatology has saved a pre visit.
Arranging for you to attend our North London clinic can take place immediately, where care is provided with all due precautions taken against coronavirus.
We do understand that some patients remain wary and may have particular medical reasons to be so.. With teledermatology, there is no need to be concerned about contact, or even to leave your 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.
You are welcome to see a video and a few pointers on preparing for teledermatology, a safe, convenient way to access specialist support.
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 delivered to their patients.
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.
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.