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Dermatology

The Dermatology department deals with treatment of the skin and its diseases, including skin cancer. We provide a wide range of specialist services, and are one of only a few centres across the country to have a skin ward as well as a separate day treatment and phototherapy unit, which uses light to treat some conditions.

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Team

Specialty Lead for Dermatology
Dr Donna Thompson – General Dermatology/ Paediatric Dermatology /Cutaneous Allergy

Other Consultants dermatologists and their specialist areas
Dr Amirtha Rajasekaran – General Dermatology/Photobiology
Dr Anthony Abdullah – General Dermatology/ Paediatric Dermatology / Laser
Dr Camilo Diaz – General Dermatology/skin cancer
Dr James Halpern – General Dermatology
Dr Malobi Ogboli – General Dermatology / Paediatric Dermatology
Dr Michelle Thomson – General Dermatology / Laser / Skin Cancer MDT Lead
Dr Moumita Chattopadhyay – General Dermatology/Cutaneous Allergy
Dr Rakhee Ramesh – General Dermatology/Paediatric Dermatology

Our consultants are supported by other doctors, core medical trainees, specialist registrars, a hospital practitioner and GPs with special interest in Dermatology. Other staff include secretaries, clinic co-ordinators, pharmacists/pharmacy technicians, theatre booking clerks and reception/support staff.

Associate Specialists and their specialist areas
Mr Junaid Salahuddin – Plastic surgery with special interest in skin cancer

Specialist Nurses
Alison Rowe – Dermatology Specialist Nurse, Chronic Disease Management
Anne Losinski – Macmillan Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse
Karen Jones – Clinical Liaison Nurse Specialist
Kimberley Kitching – Associate Specialist Nurse, Laser

Senior Nurses
Christine Fox – Senior Nurse Manager, Outpatient Department
Chris Baker – Sister, Phototherapy
Gill Clews – Sister, Day Treatment Unit
Judith Morgan – Sister, Outpatient Department

Administrative Manager
Elaine Scott

Secretaries
Beverley Francis-Springer
Darcy May
Julie Gray
Sadie Ingram
Viv Sampson

Services

Laser Clinics                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Birmingham Regional Skin Laser Centre, based at the Birmingham Skin Centre at Sheldon Block, City Hospital, has one of the widest selections of skin laser equipment in Europe. We treat all skin disorders where laser therapy is appropriate, including:

  • hair removal
  • tattoo removal
  • vascular lesions (such as port-wine stains, facial thread veins and redness)
  • pigmented marks and lesions
  • scar treatment
  • laser resurfacing for various indications

You will be treated by a dermatology consultant or a team of specialist NHS nurses.  Our consultants also regularly contribute to scientific meetings for this rapidly developing treatment.

You may be referred by your GP for certain medical conditions, or you can pay as a private patient. Click for details of prices for laser hair removal and tattoo removal.

Skin Cancer Service
Most types of skin cancer can be treated if detected early enough. Our department operates a weekly skin cancer screening clinic with just a two-week wait. Patients can also be referred to consultant radiotherapists (specialists in radiation treatment) or oncologists (specialist cancer doctors). We can also refer to plastic surgeons if necessary.
Patients are supported by a specialist skin cancer nurse from the Macmillan Trust, who provides a focal point for patients, their relatives and carers. She ensures that patient support is available from the very first consultation onwards.

Vulval Skin Clinic
Our doctors are experts in dealing with disorders of the vulva (the outer skin of the vagina), and can co-ordinate with dermatologists, gynaecologists, pathologists and genito-urinary physicians.

Paediatric Dermatology
Clinics for children with skin disorders are held at the Birmingham Skin Centre and Sandwell Hospital. We work closely with the paediatric unit at Sandwell Hospital, where children are under the joint care of a dermatologist and a paediatrician.  Nurses in these wards are highly experienced in carrying out skin treatment.

Cutaneous Allergy Service
We provide a regional service for patients with contact dermatitis (skin allergies – usually caused by occupational or environmental factors). Clinics are attended regularly by medical personnel, pharmacists, occupational health nurses, researchers, industry specialists, factory inspectors and other similar fields.

Dermatological Surgery
The Birmingham Skin Centre performs procedures in two operating theatres, and there is a Surgical Day Unit at Sandwell Hospital. Most procedures are performed under local anaesthetic. These include simple procedures like biopsies (testing a tiny sample of skin for cancer) to major skin grafts carried out by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. More complex procedures may be performed under general anaesthetic by plastic surgeons with an interest in skin oncology at City and Sandwell Hospitals.

Community Dermatology
This initiative, part of the Right Care, Right Here scheme, aims to provide specialist care closer to home. It enables diagnosis, treatment and care to take place at GP practices and health centres in local communities.

Nurse-led Services
There are several nurse-led clinics within the department. These include weekly clinics for patients receiving specialist treatment for viral warts and acne, a paediatric clinic for children and their families with inflammatory skin conditions, a clinic for patients with psoriasis and eczema , and several other specialist clinics.

Phototherapy Services
The Phototherapy Suite treats a number of different skin conditions using light as well as conventional therapies. Treatments are carried out by highly trained and experienced physiotherapists and nurses. Patients are reviewed by medical staff during the treatment course.

Day Treatment Unit
The centre is served by a dedicated day treatment unit (DTU) for the treatment of a wide range of skin disorders. The DTU has three treatment bathrooms and private cubicles.

Skin Ward
Birmingham Skin Centre has six inpatient beds and has admitting rights to dedicated beds for children. Treatments are carried out by experienced nurses with daily input from medical staff.

Cosmetic Camouflage Service
The Red Cross operates a cosmetic camouflage service at Birmingham Skin Centre. A highly trained skin camouflage practitioner can advise patients with visible skin markings on the use of appropriate make-up to conceal the problem.

Patient Stories

Please feel free to share your experiences of this service. Please e-mail your views to swbh.comms@nhs.net

Patient Information

Patient information leaflets
Laser hair removal
Laser Tattoo Removal

Contacts

For further information regarding laser hair or tattoo removal, please contact Ann or Nikki on 0121 507 6637 or 0121 507 6639 between 9am – 3.30pm.

If you require more specific information on other dermatology services, please contact the relevant consultant via their secretary on 0121 553 1831.

Secretaries and consultants they work for:
Beverley Francis-Springer (Dr Ramesh and Dr Chattopadhyay)
Darcy May (Dr Ogboli and Dr Abdullah)
Julie Gray  (Dr Donna Thompson)
Sadie Ingram (Dr Rajasekaran and Dr Diaz)
Viv Sampson (Dr Halpern, Dr Salahuddin and Dr Michelle Thomson)

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