New state of the art Dermatology Unit for Daisy Hill Hospital

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Friday, September 25th, 2015
A new Dermatology Unit has opened at Daisy Hill Hospital. Based in the Nurses Home, the Unit has two clinical rooms, a wet room and the latest technology in photo therapy.
The new phototherapy cabinet: Staff nurses - Joanne Boyd, Maread Gates and Pamela Campbell standing alongside the new equipment

The new phototherapy cabinet: Staff nurses – Joanne Boyd, Maread Gates and Pamela Campbell standing alongside the new equipment

There are around 7,500 new patients each year in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust with skin conditions ranging from chronic psoriasis, eczema to acne, hair loss and skin cancer which is quickly increasing. The development is part of an overall review of Dermatology Services throughout the Trust and is a welcome boost to patients from Newry and Mourne who previously had to travel to Craigavon for both day care and phototherapy. Jeanette Collins, Dermatology Department Manager, explained, “We have an excellent outpatients dermatology department at Daisy Hill where patients traditionally attended for Consultant led advice between their treatments at our Craigavon centre. “We are delighted to now extend and complement this service, by offering many nurse led treatments locally. “Our Specialist Dermatology Nurses provide a range of treatments including topical creams and prescribed ointments, patch tests for allergies and phototherapy. They also offer ongoing support and advice to patients with long term skin conditions. Jeanette added, “Patients really appreciate the convenience of not having to travel, are greatly benefiting from the most modern equipment the Trust has to offer and an overall much improved local service.”  

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