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Welcome to our Dermatology unit. If you have been referred as a patient, we hope that you will find us efficient and friendly, and that your visit will be satisfactory. Included here are some facts and ideas that we think may help you.
The Dermatology One-Stop Clinic is presently available only for patients of GP’s in Fylde and Wyre areas. Clinics are held at Fleetwood Hospital and at Lytham Primary Care Centre.
If you have an appointment at the one-stop clinic, you are strongly advised to read the following before your visit:
Dermatological surgery: read the skin surgery advice leaflet
Photodynamic therapy: read the photo-dynamic therapy leaflet
Ultra-violet therapy: read the UVB leaflet
Ultra-violet PUVA therapy: read the PUVA leaflet
Patch testing: read the patch testing leaflet
Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy: read the cryotherapy leaflet
Botox therapy for axillary hyperhidrosis: read the Botox leaflet
Who will you be seeing
Please see the link above to read about the principal members of staff. All general out-patient clinics are under the supervision of a consultant. If you are seen by a doctor who is in training, that doctor will always be able to ask the consultant if in any doubt.
There may often be other doctors or students sitting in the out-patient clinics. We take medical students from Liverpool University, and we also have junior doctors training for general practice, and others. It is important that these students and doctors are given the opportunity to learn about skin disorders, but if you particularly do not want another person to be present, your wishes will be respected.
A number of special out-patient clinics are run by nurses. This may be a clinical nurse specialist, or another nurse who has had particular training for that clinic. These clinics include:
The in-patient unit is shared with rheumatology, though the majority of patients admitted for treatment are dermatology patients.
Visiting times are between1400 -1700 and 1800 -2000. Should your relatives need to see you outside of these hours this may be arranged with the Nurse-in-Charge.
The Ward Contact Number is 01253 657079; this phone is for enquiries only.
Mobile phones can be used in the Ward area, however, if you bring one with you, the battery charger will need to be checked by an electrician at the hospital.
Any electrical equipment, such as a hairdryer or laptop etc. may be brought in with you. However, we ask that before it is used you se the Nurse-in-Charge so that arrangements can be made to have it checked by the electrician.
As well as having topical treatment part of your treatment is rest; please take advantage of this as it will help your recovery. However, boredom may be a problem for you, so bring in any books etc to alleviate this.
We hope that you have a comfortable stay with us. If you should have any problems please see the Nurse-in-Charge.
Valuables: We ask that you do not bring anything of great value into the hospital and only a small amount of change. The hospital cannot be held responsible for anything mislaid. We do provide a safe within the hospital for you to deposit any monies, should this be required. Please speak with the Nurse in Charge.
Please be advised that the treatments which we will be using on your skin can sometimes stain your clothes and in some cases your skin; this staining does fade. You are asked to bring in old clothing only. You may wear clothes such as jogging suits or your normal clothes in the day time. You do not need to stay in your night clothes unless you prefer to do so. Please bring in old nightwear including a dressing gown and slippers or appropriate footwear.
Footwear must be worn at all times
Bring just one old hand towel as we shall provide towels.
If your scalp is affected and you possess a metal fine-toothed comb please bring this in with you. Depending upon the treatment prescribed for you, topical creams etc may be applied once or twice daily.
Ward routines: Part of your treatment is a daily bath or shower using the emollients and bath oils provided by us. You may still use your own soap for day-to-day cleanliness.
This hospital has a no smoking policy.
Food is not to be brought into the hospital. You may, however, bring in packed biscuits, sweets and washed fruit; soft drinks are also allowed.
We have a strict rule of no alcohol.
If you or a member of your family are going to have treatment on the dermatology ward, please read this important patient safety information link to fire hazard leafletBack to top
The Expert Patients Programme is a course for people living with a long term health condition. The programme aims to help patients more take control of their health by learning new skills to manage their condition better on a daily basis.
Clifton Hospital has been host to an Expert Patients Programme course for Dermatology and Rheumatology patients. The course is funded by the North Lancashire Primary Care Trust and is free for anyone with a long term health condition.
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