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

Routine and urgent referrals

Please refer via NHS e-Referral through the dermatology Referral Assessment Service.

Urgent advice

Please call the on-call dermatologist for urgent advice relating to patients with severe skin disease. On-call dermatology patient referrals include severe widespread drug reactions, suspected toxic epidermal necrolysis, widespread blistering skin conditions, severe or unstable eczema or psoriasis and erythroderma.

2-week wait skin cancer referrals

Only patients with suspected melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) should be referred via the two week wait. Patients with basal cell carcinomas should be managed as routine referrals, unless there is diagnostic doubt or rapidly growing lesions where delay may cause harm (eg close to important facial structures).

Please include digital photographs with referrals if possible to streamline triage (localising image, close up image, +/- dermoscopic image). The Consultant Connect® smartphone app can be used on personal devices to take images securely and transfer to clinical systems and e-RS referrals (see under teledermatology).

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.

Teledermatology

The department provides a Consultant-led teledermatology Advice and Guidance (A&G) Service through the NHS e-Referral Service. A&G requests are usually responded to within 1-2 working days. The Consultant Connect app® can be used for patient photography.

Joint Formulary

The electronic edition of the Joint Formulary includes information on prescribing, referral guidelines, shared care guidelines and commissioning policies.

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.

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