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What the service does
Who provides the service
How to access the service
Video consultations
Location of service
Useful links

Welcome to the Dermatology Service

What the service does

The dermatology service diagnoses and treats patients with skin, hair and nail conditions. We regularly see the following conditions in our clinics:

We provide the following day care services:

  • phototherapy
  • iontophoresis
  • patient education

We provide the following additional / regional services:

  • Mohs micrographic surgery – a surgical procedure used to treat skin cancer
  • photodermatology and photodiagnostics – a clinic that diagnoses and manages patients with skin disorders caused by light sensitivity
  • vascular anomalies service – management of patients with complex vascular birthmarks and vascular skin lesions that develop later in life
  • skin cancer prevention and management in transplant patients – a clinic to help patients whose immune system has been weakened by a transplant and who are at increased risk of skin cancer
  • vulval dermatology – assessment and management of skin conditions that affect female genitals
  • mole mapping / screening – photographing moles and monitoring for changes that may mean the mole needs to be removed

We also work closely with the following services:

  • plastic surgery
  • oncology
  • radiology
  • pathology
Looking after your skin

These videos have useful information on how to look after your skin and protect it from the sun. They also contain some guidance on how to check for signs of skin cancer. If you are concerned about any skin lesion (wound), it is important to ask a healthcare professional (doctor or nurse) for further advice.

Who provides the service

The dermatology team is made up of:

  • consultants
  • registrars
  • specialty doctors
  • trainee doctors
  • specialist nurses
  • administration staff

How to access the service

You must be referred to the dermatology service by one of the following:

  • GP
  • another hospital specialty
  • another dermatology department outside Belfast Trust

Video consultations

The dermatology service may invite you to attend a new or a review appointment via video call.

If you are invited to a video consultation, it is because your appointment type has been reviewed by your Clinician and deemed suitable for video.

You will receive a letter asking you to call the Belfast Trust Booking Team to make an appointment.

When you call to make your appointment, the Booking Team will advise you that you have been asked to attend a video consultation and request your email address. They will also ask for your consent to use your email address to contact you.

They will then send you an email confirming the date and time of your appointment as well as a link to join your appointment via Microsoft Teams.

You will be reminded to check your junk or spam folder for your appointment email. Once you have received your appointment email, it is a good idea to add the Belfast Trust email address to your contacts list.

Your confirmation email will include links to an instruction leaflet and video which will provide guidance on how to join your appointment.

Location of service

The dermatology service is provided across three sites:

  • outpatient and day care facilities at the Royal Victoria Hospital
  • outpatient and day care facilities at Belfast City Hospital
  • paediatric dermatology clinics at the Children’s Hospital

Useful links

Locations where this service is delivered

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