Nurse-led care improves Dermatology Services

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
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A team of Specialist Dermatology Nurses are helping to reduce waiting times for surgical procedures in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Dermatology 0509There are around 7,500 new patients each year in the Southern area with skin conditions ranging from chronic psoriasis and eczema to acne, hair loss and skin cancer, which is rapidly increasing. By introducing nurse-led surgery, three specialist Nurses are now treating up to 12 patients a week, reducing waiting times for patients and freeing up Consultant time for more complex cases. Jeanette Collins, Dermatology Department Manager for the Southern Trust explained, “Nurse-led surgery is one of a number of developments we have introduced to help improve the service in recent years. Three specialist nurses have worked alongside our medical team to build their experience and develop their surgical skills.
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July 2016“After starting with simple procedures like biopsies and excisions to remove abnormalities like moles and lesions, the team are continually developing their skills and now practice a wider range of techniques with the support of our Consultants. She added, “Our medical team greatly welcome the additional nurse-led theatre sessions in helping to ensure that all patients receive their treatment as quickly and safely as possible and it is also very reassuring for patients to be treated by the same clinician from their initial assessment right through to surgery.”

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