Our specialist clinic remains open, to provide all patients with early diagnosis and treatment for skin cancer.
The Covid-19 pandemic impinged on healthcare in a broad way, creating delays across most medical fields. This was understandable but brought a risk that in the long term, people could suffer more than they did from the virus.
Even at the peak of lockdown, we continued to offer in clinic treatment for serious skin cancers. This included lesions with potential for significant growth, the majority of melanoma cases and other time critical intervention.
Public Health England, professional bodies and dedicated clinics saw the need to move on, not least when early intervention is so important for skin cancer. Safe diagnosis and treatment for all skin cancers is now available, with the right approach to Covid management.
A Secure Environment
Consultation via video link, known as teledermatology, is not a new idea and has blossomed during the pandemic. Adapting procedures to suit has been worthwhile, as social contact and any risk are removed.
There will be cases where an initial consultation by phone will suffice, although this is likely to be by video. An ideal medium for dermatology, with the areas treated more on view than in most types of medicine.
Where an appointment at our clinic follows, for further diagnosis or treatment, safety is the key. Disinfection and the use of PPE are well embedded, clinic numbers have been reduced, the flow of people mapped out.
Our private car park and rear entrance reduce contact, as do procedures on who can enter and when. If you have attended our clinic in the past, you will see differences but they are there to ensure safety and effective treatment.
In House Facilities
Staying within well managed premises helps with Covid security. Our CQC registered clinic in Barnet, North London has eight consultation rooms and all mole/skin cancer removal takes place in our purpose built theatre.
Advanced diagnostics are available on site, including confocal laser microscopy. Treatments ranging from photodynamic therapy, to Mohs surgery are again in house, consultants with a range of skills work at our clinic.
We are aware of the way Covid-19 has affected cancer care and wish to bypass ill effects. The prime value of internal facilities is coherent treatment without delay, although not needing to travel to other centres minimises contact and risk.
An Ethos Of Support
Patients can self refer, or be referred by GPs, or insurance companies, who now cover remote consultations alongside treatment. Similar principles apply to follow up care, which may be handled remotely.
Part of the balance we strike between Covid security and treatment, which is in no way diminished. We have a duty of care to patients, which means careful consideration of both elements which could affect their health.
Above all, skin cancer treatment remains available, without too many further concerns. 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.