Dermatology

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DERMATOLOGY NEWS

Dermatology Research

A study comparing two treatments for hand eczema began in 2016.  This compares whether a tablet or ultraviolet treatment is more effective.  Hand eczema can interfere with work and everyday activities causing disability.

A new study looking at treatment for Vitiligo started at NNUH dermatology in July 2015. The research is identifying if steroid creams or a hand held ultraviolet device can be of help. The research is being carried out by a team of doctors and research nurses in the hospital. Patients referred to the department with vitiligo that is active an affecting less than 10% of the body are helping with the research.

Members of the Dermatology team presented their research at the British Association of Dermatologists annual meeting in July 2016.  Dr Peter Goon presented research showing the predicted increase in skin cancers in the UK in 2020 and 2015 which has been carried out with Dr Nick Levell, Dr Laszlo Igali from the pathology department and with the Eastern Region Cancer Registry in Cambridge.  Dr Ava Lee presented research on 1579 people with a skin infection called cellulitis , nearly all treated whilst at home, avoiding the need for costly hospital admission.

New Consultants

Dr Natasha Cassie-Chetty began work at NNUH as a consultant in 2016. Her post is shared with Queen Elizabeth Hospital at Kings Lynn, a new initiative linking the two departments.  Natasha has an expertise in treating skin problems in children.  She qualified from Cambridge University and trained as a dermatologist at NNUH.  All consultants working at NNUH dermatology are registered as specialists by the GMC.

President

Dr Nick Levell, Consultant and Clinical Director of Dermatology at NNUH, became President for the British Association of Dermatologists in July 2016. The last President from the East of England was Dr Champion from Cambridge in 1988. Nick has also been appointed the national lead for dermatology research for the UK National Institute for Health Research.

New training scheme for dermatologists at NNUH

There is a national shortage of consultant dermatologists, with a 20% vacancy rate, despite it being a popular specialty within medicine, due to a shortage of government funded training places. The NNUH has a new scheme to train consultants locally. Experienced doctors are taken on, after being qualified for 5-6 years, who have passed specialist exams to be members of the Royal College of Physicians. These doctors are then given 4 or more years of training at NNUH to achieve skills and experience needed to be a consultant. This innovative training scheme is being adopted by other UK dermatology centres where there are staffing shortages.

Awards Won by Norwich Dermatology

  • Runner up Hospital Doctor of the Year Award 2001 for dermatology team led by Nick Levell
  • 1st Prize East of England 2008 Service Innovation Award for Service delivery with the Cellulitis Service by Carrie Wingfield, Jennifer Garioch, Nick Levell, and all members of the dermatology team.
  • 2008: Carrie Wingfield won the Hospital Silver Award for Innovation.
  • 1st Prize Wound UK 2009 award for Innovation in service delivery for dermatology team led by Carrie Wingfield.
  • Silver Prize in 2009 East of England Technology Innovation Award for Mohs Surgery system developed by Laszlo Igali, Jennifer Garioch and Marc Moncreiff

 The Dermatology Department

The dermatology team at the NNUH has recently appointed a new consultant Dr Natasha Cassie Chetty to work with the other 8 consultants, Dr Anila Kapadia, Dr Abby Macbeth,  Dr George Millington, Dr Syed Shah, Dr Eunice Tan, Dr Jennifer Garioch and Dr Nick Levell (who is clinical director of the department) together with nurse consultant Carrie Wingfield.  There is a team of dermatology nurses led by Sister Sam Browne. The consultants closely supervise the work of 8 other full time dermatology doctors , four specialist trainees, two GPs with an interest in dermatology and 30 dermatology nurses.

The department is located next to Dunston Ward and is fully equipped with the latest technology for treatment and diagnosis. The Cromer and District Hospital has a new dermatology department supervised by Dr Nick Levell.  Cromer has also been equipped using government grants and legacies to the highest standard.

There are over 35000 consultations each year in dermatology for over 2000 different Skin Diseases. The department is constantly seeking to improve our standards.  We introduce new treatments and new ways of working every month supported by our Service Manager Sarah Walker.

The dermatology department took over treatment of cellulitis of the leg in 2007-8 in the cellulitis clinic.  The is a type of skin infection which used to require hospital treatment in the ward for 8 days.  We have developed a way of treating the condition at home or as an outpatient.  This service won first prize in the 2008 HEE East of England NHS Innovation awards and first prize in the 2009 Wound UK awards.

Skin cancer services have also won awards for innovation with the new Micrographic Surgery service led by Jennifer Garioch  winning a technology award.  Consultant Histopathologist Laszlo Igali  developed a imaging system, together with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Marc Moncrieff , which won Silver prize in the 2009 HEE East of England Innovation awards.

Suggestions and criticisms from our patients and their relatives as to how we can improve our service are very welcome. There is a suggestions box in the waiting area or you use the Complaints and Suggestions leaflet. We discuss any suggestions, complaints, criticisms and complements in our monthly department clinical governence meeting.

Where can I be treated?

  • Dermatology, Norwich
  • Dermatology, Cromer

What skin diseases can be treated?

What might my treatment involve?

Click on any of the links below to get more information about your treatment.

Information Leaflets and patient support groups

For information leaflets on dozens of diseases and treatments and links to over 50 patient support groups see British Association of Dermatologists

What qualifications and experience do dermatology staff have?

Where can I find out more?

The web has much information about dermatology.  The best place to start off is the National Library for Health  skin disorders   This web page will give you access to hundreds of dermatology links which have been checked for accuracy.