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Leaflet: Dermatology Nurse Specialist Service

Dermatology Nurse Specialist
Valerie Anderson

Tel: 0117 3302521

Who is the service for?

For individuals aged 18 and above with a diagnosis of Eczema, Psoriasis or Actinic Keratosis who are registered with a General Practitioner (GP) located within South Gloucestershire.

What will the Dermatology Nurse Specialist provide?

Information, advice and support for the person with a skin condition living in the community and any other health and social care professionals involved in their care.

How can a person with skin problem access the service?

By asking their consultant, GP or any multi-disciplinary healthcare professional involved in their care to refer them to the dermatology nurse specialist.

How can these professionals refer to the service?

  1. GP by completing the Dermatology Nurse Specialist, E-referral process
  2. Consultant referral via letter to:
    Val Anderson, Dermatology Specialist Nurse
    Downend Clinic
    Buckingham Gardens
    Bristol BS16 5TWTel: 0117 3302521.
    Fax: 0117 9561907
  3. District nurse or other Allied Health Care professional: Dermatology Specialist Nurse Referral form via fax to 0117 9561907, marked FAO Dermatology specialist nurse.

Please note the telephone is manned Mon to Wed 09.00 to 15.30. Outside these hours please leave a message on the answerphone and one of the team will respond to your call as soon as they are able.

Current services offered

  • Telephone and e-mail access to the Specialist Nurse for those people diagnosed with eczema, psoriasis or actinic keratosis.
  • Specialist Nurse Assessment to investigate the needs of each person with a diagnosed inflammatory skin condition and discuss in ways to improve this based on a person’s individual needs.
  • Support to monitor and review the effectiveness of dermatology topical treatments. Prescribe medications for inflammatory skin conditions under nurse prescribing guidelines as indicated.
  • Partnership working with other people involved in caring for a person with long term skin conditions (e.g. Phototherapy, Dermatology consultants, Rheumatologists, Dieticians etc.)
  • Provision of Specialist Nurse Clinics in the community:
    Downend clinic – Monday AM and PM
    Yate Westgate Centre – Wednesday AM and PM
    Kingswood Health Centre – Thursday AM
  • Education to individuals, groups and multidisciplinary Health and Social Care professionals to promote a greater understanding and awareness of chronic inflammatory skin disease.
  • The service currently runs on Monday – Thursday 08.30-16.30. It is not operational over the Bank Holiday period.
  • Provision of home visits for people who are housebound.

Patient support organisations

What is the National Eczema Society?
They are the Eczema support and research charity.

What is the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthropathy Alliance? (PAPAA)
They are a Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis support charity and research.

What is the Psoriasis Association?
They are the Psoriasis support and research charity.

How can the National Eczema Society / Psoriasis Association help
They can offer information and advice. Some examples are below:

  • Helpline is free and confidential
  • Answers and information you need after diagnosis
  • Information and support for families, carers and friends
  • Support and rescources
  • Information on various different aspects of eczema/psoriasis and its triggers
  • Real life stories, people with Eczema/Psoriasis share their experiences
  • Publications about Eczema/Psoriasis available to download or order, free of charge.

Useful Contact Details

National Eczema Society
Hill House, Highgate Hill

Helpline Telephone no: 0800 0891122

PAPAA Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance
3 Horseshoe Business Park Lye Lane Bricket Wood St Albans Herts, AL2 3TA

Tel: 01923 672837

The Psoriasis Association
Dick Coles House 2 Queens Bridge Northhampton, NN4 7BF

Helpline Telephone no: 0845 6760076 or 01604 251620

For more information on this service, visit the Dermatology Specialist Nurse Service webpage.

This leaflet can be provided in other formats and languages, please contact us for more information.

Date of creation: April 2018
Date of review: April 2020
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