About our Dermatology Service

We serve a population of around 324,000 and see over 50,000 patients per year in our dermatology service. The majority of our services are based at Clifton Hospital with a smaller service located at Fleetwood Hospital where we provide outpatient consultations in addition to dressings, skin surgery and light therapy (phototherapy) services.

We are proud of our department, and have excellent feedback on the service we provide , but we are always happy to hear about your own experience of our service via FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

What does our dermatology department provide?

At Clifton Hospital…

– See, diagnose and treat skin, hair and nail disorders in all age ranges.

– Advise which topical treatments and bandages to use, and the correct way to use them, in both consultant and nurse led eczema clinics.

– Provide a phototherapy service for the treatment of inflammatory skin disease such as psoriasis and eczema. Patients attend our Dermatology unit for either UVB or UVA treatment once it has been prescribed by the dermatologist. Appointments are available from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday.

– Diagnose and carry out treatment on pre-malignant and malignant skin tumours. These treatments include surgery, photodynamic therapy and topical immunomodulator treatments as well as cryotherapy.

– See and treat severe acne in our nurse specialist acne clinics.

– Monitor the use of systemic treatments for inflammatory skin disease, such as Methotrexate, Acitretin, Ciclosporin, Azathioprine and Fumaderm in the systemic monitoring clinic.

– Assess, prescribe and monitor patients on biologic drugs for psoriasis and eczema.

– Provide specialist topical treatment on our day case unit for inflammatory conditions.

– See and treat venous leg ulceration. The department has nurse led leg ulcer clinics which run 3 times per week for the assessment and management of venous leg ulcers.  Following initial assessment and treatment, a plan will be prescribed and continuation of care thereafter provided by the district nurses, who will treat your leg in a clinic setting or in your own home.

– Perform allergy tests for type IV hypersensitivity reactions. The Patch testing clinic is run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

– See and treat conditions of the apocrine glands causing excess sweating using iontophoresis and botulinium toxin injections (Botox clinic).

– Provide a cosmetic camouflage clinic for concealing skin conditions such as vitiligo and rosacea.

At Fleetwood Hospital…

– The Dermatology service comprises three consultant-led clinics per week (Monday and Wednesdaay), one day case surgery session per week (Monday) and a nurse-led leg ulcer clinic once weekly on a Thursday.

– Phototherapy treatment sessions are available for UVB (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:00am – 5:45pm); Full body PUVA (Tuesday/Friday afternoon) and topical PUVA (Monday/Thursday afternoon).


We also have close links with

  • Ear, Nose and Throat surgery (ENT) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
  • Plastic surgery at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital
  • Rheumatology (based at Clifton Hospital)
  • Salford Royal Foundation Trust for specialist dermatology clinics, including laser therapy and the management of alopecia and urticaria
  • Other dermatology consultants: East Lancs Regional meeting

To find out more about a specific dermatological condition or treatment, please visit the British Association of Dermatologists website: British Association of Dermatologists. There is also a Skin Support website affiliated to the British Association of Dermatologists which you may find useful.