Dermatology

Dermatology

Your GP has referred you into the Consultant Led Integrated Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and Novus Health Community Dermatology Service. As a result of the Consultant triage of your referral it has been decided you are suitable to be seen by a specialist Dermatology GP. This will enable you to be seen faster and at locations that may be more convenient to you than having to go to hospital.


Outpatient Appointment

You have already spoken to the Novus Health Referral Management Centre and an initial appointment has been made for you. You will receive a text 2 days prior to your appointment to remind you.


What happens if I cannot attend my first appointment?

Please telephone the main patient booking number at Novus Health – 01924 898784 as soon as you are aware that you will not be able to attend. We will then cancel your appointment and re-book for a more convenient time. If you fail to attend your appointment you will be discharged from the service.


What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Please bring a list of medications that you are currently taking.
  • Any photographs you may have taken of your condition.
  • The surgeon will ask you about your problem and how it affects you. Please prepare for this and have any questions ready that concern you.

Onward referral for your condition

In the majority of cases your entire treatment will be delivered outside of a hospital setting, however, there may be occasions where your condition warrants an onward referral to Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust (MYHT) for specialist treatment or further opinion from a Consultant. Should this be necessary, we will make arrangements for the transfer of your care and MYHT will contact you directly to confirm any appointments.


Prescribing

If you require a medication for your condition, we will issue a prescription for at least the first 14 days. There will be conditions where you will be required to take medication for longer than this period, and under these circumstances your GP will continue to prescribe the medication, when this occurs we will write to your own GP and inform them.


Minor Procedures

If you require a minor procedure as a result of your appointment this will be booked for a separate occasion and we will contact you by telephone to arrange your appointment. We offer minor procedure clinics at 3 locations across the district in Wakefield, Normanton and Methley. Tissue recovered during your minor procedure may be sent to the Pathology Lab at MYHT to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of your skin condition.


SOS Appointments

Following the successful treatment of your condition, you will be discharged from our service back to the care of your GP. However, you may experience a flare-up of the condition at some point in the future. Our service enables you to self-refer back into an SOS Appointment for up to 12 months after we have discharged you. This is only available for the same condition, but will save you having to go back to your GP and will improve the speed with which you can get an appointment.


Chaperone

All patients are entitled to have someone else with them during any consultation, examination or procedure. A chaperone can be someone you know (who is over 18 years old) or one of our staff. If you require a member of staff to act as a chaperone, we ask that wherever possible you make this request at the time of booking your appointment so that arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed.


Confidentiality

We may need to access and record information about your treatment. The information we gain allows us to provide your treatment and can also be used to monitor the quality of care we provide. Under the Data Protection Act, and as part of good clinical practice, all electronic and paper based information is confidential and stored securely. Your data is always confidential and will only be accessed for your treatment or on a need to know basis.