Dermatology services diagnose, investigate, treat and manage the conditions of children and adults with skin disease, as well as hair and nail complaints.
Dermatology treats conditions such as:
● skin cancer
● severe acne
There is currently a shortage of more than 200 consultant dermatologists across the UK, and not enough people are being trained to replace retiring and leaving staff. There has also been a growing demand for dermatology services, with year on year rises of 20 percent.
For services in Bolton, Salford and Wigan, this has meant relying on locum doctors (a doctor who stands in for the regular doctor) and longer waiting times for appointments, highlighting that the way services are currently provided is not sustainable.
We are working together to review current services and look at ways to transform dermatology services, so that there is more staff, more space and more appointments for the future. This might mean significant changes are made to services, including locations of where services are provided.
The Partnership is committed to making sure any changes are relevant to the people working in - and using - the services, so we have spent the last few months talking to staff and patients to make sure their views are heard to form plans for the future.