Phototherapy

 

We run a daily phototherapy service. It is used to treat a range of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

Patients stand in a walk-in light cabinet lined with fluorescent light bulbs. The majority of patients attending phototherapy in our department are receiving Ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy. Ultraviolet B is present in natural sunlight.

Our phototherapy service is available from 7.15am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. 

More on what we do

The time spent in the cabinet depends on your skin condition and varies from person to person. Treatments are generally given 2-3 times a week for 12-16 weeks.

Treatments last up to 10 minutes, with the total visit taking up to half an hour. The total length of a treatment course will depend on your response and the specific skin condition being treated.

Further information about UVB treatment can be found here.

Sometimes the light treatment is combined with a special soak or bath, this is called Topical PUVA.

Oral PUVA is when a special tablet is taken prior to the light treatment. Find out more here.

Our team

Clinical Lead

  • Dr Chris Bower

Dermatology Consultants

  • Dr Yusur Al-Nuami
  • Dr Rebecca Batchelor
  • Dr Chris Bower
  • Dr Carolyn Charman
  • Dr Naomi Goldstraw
  • Dr Tom Lucke
  • Dr Emily McGrath
  • Dr Yong Oon
  • Dr Rachel Wachsmuth
  • Dr Penelope Williams

Associate Specialists

  • Dr Peter Acheson
  • Dr Helen Frow
  • Dr William Willcock

Specialty Doctors

  • Dr Charlotte Carmichael
  • Dr Josephine Wheeler
  • Dr Helen Creighton
  • Dr James Wood
  • Dr Andrew Rosewarne

Specialist Trainees

  • Dr Alistair Brown
  • Dr Alice Walker

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Team

  • Claire Facey – Lead CNS
  • Jo Short
  • Kate Allington
  • Sarah Sandford
  • Kevin Mitchell

Nursing Staff and Health Care Assistants (HCA)

  • Clare Parkinson - Senior Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Marian Thorn - Matron
  • Hayley Thorn - Sister
  • Chaya Sriranganatha - Sister
  • Claire McKenna - Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Hooi Inn Neoh-Solman - Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Victoria Roderick - Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Laura Warne - Sister
  • Romina Abuzatoaiei - Staff Nurse
  • Wasuru Dyke - Staff Nurse
  • Patricia Garcia Arroyo - Staff Nurse
  • Kim Hill - Staff Nurse
  • Gillian Lacey - Staff Nurse
  • Reynaldo Almazora - Senior HCA
  • Myrna Base - Senior HCA
  • Jayden Butler - Senior HCA
  • Mandy Spinks - Senior HCA
  • Jo Thompson - Senior HCA
  • Amy Hunt - Senior HCA
  • Michelle Murdoch - Senior HCA
  • Bev Alford - HCA
  • Wendy Davies - HCA
  • Emily Hatch - HCA
  • Fiona Lewis - HCA
  • Gillian Tancock - HCA

Management and Admin team

Where to find us

RD&E Heavitree, Gladstone Rd, Exeter EX1 2ED

Department of Dermatology

Contact us

If you want to get in touch with the department, please contact us on 01392 405510.

Supporting you

There are two main national support groups for people living with psoriasis:

Information for healthcare professionals

Skin treatment and referral guidance for healthcare providers can be found here.

We also offer a teledermatology service for advice and guidance for GPs (48 hour turnaround).

For urgent enquiries or referrals, we run an on call service via the hospital switchboard: 01392 411611 

General enquiries to the department: 01392 405510

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