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Dermatology - Information for GPs

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Information for GPs


Please click here for Dermatology Referral guidance 2017


Routine referrals

Please refer via NHS e-Referral to the appropriate clinic.


Urgent referrals

Please contact the dermatology registrar via bleep through the hospital switchboard.


2-week wait skin cancer referrals

Only patients with suspected melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) should be referred via the two week wait. Please refer patients with suspected basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) NHS e-Referral, unless they have a high risk BCC in which you consider routine referral may cause harm (eg close to important facial structures).


Skin surgery

Please ensure patients referred for skin surgery or to the see and treat skin cancer clinic have had an INR checked within 24 hours of their appointment. Patients requiring skin surgery will normally need to have an INR of 2.5 or under.



Patients can be referred via the NHS e-Referral advice and guidance service. The information sheets and consent form below can also be downloaded from NHS e-Referral.


Joint Formulary

The electronic edition of the Joint Formulary is now available, and replaces the print edition for dermatology.


Shared care guidelines

Shared care guidelines are available for dermatology patients on methotrexate, ciclosporin or azathioprine.

Shared Care Guidelines


Low priority guidelines
Information on benign skin conditions not automatically funded for treatment by Devon PCT can be found using the link below. Referrals for benign skin lesions included on the low priority list cannot be accepted without approval by the Restricted Funding Panel. Clinical photographs can help the panel make appropriate funding decisions.


Guidelines for GPs

Guidelines on the management of a number of skin conditions can be found on the British Association of Dermatologists' website: British Association of Dermatologists guidelines