No Dematology service at the moment - we need one

If you need a Dermatologist  at the moment you are out of luck. The service does not exist. After a bout of sepsis a family member had to self fund to see a consultant in the UK as the help he needed was not available on island or through the NHS.

He is not alone. Robust arrangements need to be put in place to bring back the service.

Why the contribution is important

People requiring a dermatology service are currently neglected and go untreated. The service needs to be reinstated.

by Manneen on July 03, 2018 at 07:59AM

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  • Posted by RebeccaIOMGov July 03, 2018 at 14:56

    Comment by site moderator:
    We have a full dermatology service that is offered through Ramsey Hospital. We have two consultants working alternating weeks (Dr Harrison and Dr Shepherd) and we are about to appoint a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dermatology to support the consultants
  • Posted by Womann July 03, 2018 at 19:23

    We had to privately fund a visit to a Liverpool consultant to have access to the most efficient way of treating basal cell skin cancer. Skin cancer fully removed and plastic surgery completed during the one visit.
  • Posted by Womann July 03, 2018 at 19:28

    I forgot to add that had we waited for a referral here, the waiting time was quoted as two years. I am not aware that it has been reduced. A complaint was made at the time and a meeting attended by the Minister for Health in addition to clinical staff and management. Basal cell skin cancer is not immediately life threatening but can lead to disfigurement and increased plastic surgery
  • Posted by LeanGreen July 03, 2018 at 22:50

    Is this a candidate for telemedicine?
  • Posted by Manneen July 04, 2018 at 08:36

    Hi Rebecca ,
    Thank you for the update. However in January 2018 this was not a service that was offered.

    We ended up paying privately through health insurance to a NW consultant.. We asked if we could see the consultant from Preston where he was admitted for the Sepsis after we were informed there was no on island dermatologist, but this was not an option.
     
    The family member concerned was admitted as an acute patient ,whilst across with acute sepsis following a fly bite . He was in hospital for 5 days.
  • Posted by LucyLu August 01, 2018 at 23:06

    Agree with LeanGreen could this be a Skype type appointment.
  • Posted by manxklookie August 07, 2018 at 10:16

    My daughter needed a referral to the local dermatological consultant a year ago and the waiting time was so great that I ended up taking her to London to see a specialist within a week and she is now doing just fine after he adjusted her medications and diet. Having a consultant fly over to the IOM once a week is never going to be enough to cope with local demand. Also not ideal to keep switching between consultants...need consistency for best results.
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