Skin complaints are common and sometimes difficult to resolve. At ROC we offer a specialist dermatology service run by experienced doctors, to ensure you get the dermatological care you need.
Our specialist dermatology service was launched in 2019, and is run by Dr Douglas Smith, a highly skilled doctor with a wealth of dermatology experience – in both the clinical and research fields.
Appointments are available on a weekly basis on Friday afternoons.
What conditions do we see at our Dermatology Clinic?
You do not require a referral to attend our dermatology clinic.
You may come and see us for any of the following:
- Skin rashes and infections
- Acne Rosacea or Acne Vulgaris
- Eczema and Dermatitis of any type
- Hives (Urticaria)
- Skin lesions, moles, skin cancers
- Sun related skin changes
- Hair loss
- Persistent wounds or ulcers
- Lichen Planus
- Nail concerns
Our dermatology service may be able to review other conditions not listed above. Please contact our clinic for more information.
Mole Mapping Service
Mole mapping aims to detect skin cancers earlier, when intervention is most effective.
Identifying skin cancers earlier improves outcome. For example, malignant melanoma, the most dangerous of skin cancers frequently presents as a new mole, or a change in the appearance of an existing mole. If picked up and treated early, 99% of patients will survive 5 years. If detected late, this figure drops dramatically to 25%.
As part of our mole mapping service our experienced Dermatologist will assess every mole and take highly detailed images using our dermoscopic imaging equipment, storing this information for future comparison. We recommend that this assessment is repeated annually, to monitor for any changes suspicious of skin cancer.
Mole mapping is recommended for patients who may be at increased risk of melanoma, and in particular patients who:
- Have a family history of melanoma
- Have a personal history of skin cancer
- Have new or changing moles
- Have fair skin
- Have a skin that easily burns
- Have multiple moles
- Have a suppressed immune system
- Are exposed to significant sunlight (working or living abroad or working outdoors)
What to expect when attending an appointment?
If you are new to our clinic, you will be asked to complete a registration form on arrival. The doctor will then see you and take a detailed history of your skin and general health.
An examination of the skin will then take place, and in doing so, a dermoscope (skin examination under a microscope) may be used.
A chaperone service is available, but please feel free to bring a member of your family or friend if you wish.
If a biopsy or other procedure may be required, these will take place during your first consultation, unless deemed unsuitable at the time.
Minor Surgery skin lesion removal also takes place during this clinic.
A detailed personalised management plan for your condition shall be put in place by the doctor before the end of the consultation. If you require any prescribed treatments these will be arranged.
Why Book a Dermatology appointment at ROC?
- Rapid Access
- Specialist Advice and Management
- Up to 45 minutes of consultation time
- Skin Biopsy available same day
- dermoscopic examination of lesions
- Close Specialist Follow-up of your condition
- COVID-19 Screening offered to all attending the clinic