Dermatology Department

The Dermatology Department is based at Dorset County Hospital in the North Wing.

Consultant clinics are held here and also at the community hospitals in Weymouth, Blandford and Bridport. There are nurse–led follow up clinics for psoriasis, eczema, acne patients and post–photodynamic therapy patients. In addition, there are GP direct referral clinics for paediatric wart and eczema patients.

Treatments performed in the Dermatology Department:

Ultraviolet light therapy

Exposing the body to intense ultraviolet light of either UVA or UVB. Various conditions are treated, most commonly psoriasis and eczema.

Photodynamic therapy

A treatment for skin cancers of a non–melanoma type and pre–cancerous skin conditions.

Cryotherapy

Treating skin lesions with liquid nitrogen. These lesions include warts and seborrhoeic keratosis.

Patch testing

To show or disprove allergy to substances coming into contact with the skin.

Iontophoresis

An electrical treatment used to treat excessive sweating of the palms and soles.

Uptons paste

Applications of this paste are used to treat mosaic wart virus of the soles.

Ultraviolet therapy of UVB, cryotherapy and post-photodynamic therapy clinics are also held in Bridport Hospital.