Cromer Dermatology Unit
The nurses led by Mandy Smith, Linda Almay, and Andrea Hubbard, supported by dermatology doctors led by Dr Nick Levell , developed the Cromer dermatology service initally as an offshoot from the Dermatology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The doctors still work in both departments whereas the nurses at Cromer and District Hospital have now created an individual unit which is able to offer the same specialised services as those available in Norwich.
There are now three medical consultants, Dr Nick Levell, Dr George Millington and Dr Anne-Marie Skellett and nurse consultant Carrie Wingfield supported by Dr Mark Fleming, a North Norfolk GP with expertise in dermatology, which enables the service to offer a wide range of treatments and increase the number of people treated at Cromer. Dr Millington has a clinic on Wednesday morning and has a biopsy list on Wednesday afternoon. Dr Skellett has a clinic on Tuesday am with an operating list in the afternoon. Carrie Wingfield has outpatient clinics and operating lists throughout the week. All consultants are based in Norwich and drive up to Cromer and District Hospital.
The Cromer dermatology department is a compact friendly unit next to the outpatient area.
In addition to the outpatient clinic and skin surgery, the services offered include:
Patch Testing – Patch testing in Cromer is similar to Patch Testing in Norwich but in Cromer the patches are put on the back on Friday and patients re-attend on Tuesday for a reading.
Dermatology Treatments – Many benefit from an appointment with a dermatology nurse to show how much cream to use and how to apply it effectively and safely. The nurses can also help with bandaging for some leg ulcers.
Treatments for eczema – Parents being driven to despair by their children’s suffering with eczema can find demonstrations of how to use the creams effectively by the nurses make a huge difference to their family.
Ultraviolet Treatment – The treatment available at Cromer and District Hospital includes narrowband ultraviolet B given in a cabinet for treatment of common conditions such as psoriasis and eczema when creams are no longer working. The treatment can also help with rarer conditions such as skin lymphoma.
Local PUVA treatment is used for difficult psoriasis and eczema localised to the hands or feet.
Photodynamic Therapy – Photodynamic Therapy is used to treat some types of early skin cancer using cream and red light.
Iontophoresis – Some people with excessive, disabling sweating from the hands or feet find a course of Iontophoresis treatment helpful.
If you need information leaflets about skin conditions visit British Association of Dermatologists