About the Dermatology Department

The dermatology department provides NHS treatment to patients with a range of different skin conditions.  The department is consultant led and is based at Litchdon House, at Litchdon Medical Centre.

Patients need a referral from their GP to access our services.

*TO CONTACT DERMATOLOGY, PLEASE TELEPHONE 01271 312850 All calls are recorded for training and quality purposes.

The department provides a wide variety of dermatology outpatient and day-case services including clinics, skin surgery and phototherapy. The department also provides dermatology training to medical students from the Peninsula Medical School, as well as postgraduate training to dermatology specialist registrars, and GPs with a specialist interest in dermatology.

Latest Friend and Family results show 91% of our patients would highly recommend our services to their friends or family.

The Dermatology department serves a population of around 180 thousand. Skin surgery forms a large proportion of the workload of the department, with daily operating lists ranging from simple excisions to complex flap and graft repairs.  Dedicated skin cancer clinics are supported by weekly skin cancer multi-disciplinary team meeting.

What to expect on arrival

Dermatology Info for GPs

Advice for Patients Having Surgery


  Clinics and Services Available

•      General dermatology clinics

•      Pigmented lesion (Mole) clinic

•      Non-melanoma skin clinic

•      Paediatric dermatology clinic

•      Biologics clinic

•      Patch testing

•      Phototherapy

There are restrictions on the referral of harmless or cosmetic skin conditions to the department. Please discuss this with your GP for further information.

General dermatology clinics

General dermatology clinics run on most days and provide new and follow-up care for adult patients with all types of skin conditions including skin rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin infections.


Pigmented lesion (Mole) clinic

This provides a rapid-access diagnosis and treatment service for adult patients with suspicious moles and suspected melanoma skin cancer, this clinic also provides a diagnosis and treatment service for adult patients with suspected skin cancer.


Non-melanoma clinic

This clinic provides a diagnosis and treatment service for adult patients with lumps & bumps including basal cell carcinoma.


Paediatric dermatology clinic

The paediatric dermatology clinic provides dermatology care for children  (under 16 years) with all types of skin conditions including atopic eczema, acne, skin infections, psoriasis, genetic skin diseases and birthmarks.


Specialist clinics and services:

Biologics clinic

This clinic provides monitoring for patients receiving biologic treatments for severe psoriasis.



Patch testing

This type of allergy testing is used to investigate certain types of dermatitis/eczema, (contact dermatitis).



Ultraviolet light therapy is used to treat a range of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Treatment is usually given 2-3 times a week. Two types of ultraviolet light therapy are available in the department; PUVA and narrow band UVB (TLO1).

Phototherapy leaflet

The Team
Nicola Harrington – Dermatology Manager   

Dr Karen Davies – Consultant Dermatologist    
Dr Ben Waterfall – Associate Specialist   
Dr Jonny Smithson – GPwSI   
Dr Laura Armstrong – Speciality Doctor

Dr Hazel Warner - Speciality Doctor
Dr Cath Smith - GPwSI Locum  

Dr Helen Frow - Visiting Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Chris Bower – Visiting Consultant Dermatologist   
Dr Rebecca Batchelor – Visiting Consultant Dermatologist
Dr Emily McGrath – Visiting Consultant Dermatologist   


Nursing Staff

The Department has developed a range of specialist nursing skills, including nurse-led biologics clinics, patch testing, a phototherapy clinic, and nurse surgical lists.

Laura Beer – Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist

Heather Ellis – Dermatology Nurse Specialist

Jenny MacLeod – Dermatology Nurse Specialist

Avril Bell – MacMillan Cancer Support Nurse

Clara Rodliff – Dermatology Nurse Specialist

Anita Carter– Dermatology Nurse

Mary Hales - Dermatology Nurse

Kerry Hayden - Dermatology Nurse

Caroline Hales - Dermatology Nurse

Theresa Fishleigh – Healthcare Assistant

Sarah Bond - Healthcare Assistant

Rachel Beacham - Healthcare Assistant



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