Dermatology - Community
Our service focuses on patients from baby to the elderly with eczema and psoriasis, providing diagnosis, treatment and education. We aim to help and support patients/carers to become confident in self-managing these chronic skin conditions.
The Tier 2 Dermatology service has a role in the education of other primary care, secondary care and private sector professionals, supporting them to develop their dermatology expertise and service provision. The team provides education programmes to the local ST3 GP Trainees and Primary Care Dermatology study days in an attempt to improve patient care at presentation.
- Dermatology Team
Dr Rachel Hilton – GP with Special Interest
Nicola Cottom – Dermatology Specialist Nurse
Helen Calderbank – Dermatology Specialist Nurse
Joanne Richardson – Dermatology Specialist Nurse
All nurses practice independently in nurse-led clinics and are registered non-medical prescribers (V300) seeing both new and follow up patients.
- How can people access the service
We accept referrals of patients diagnosed with eczema or psoriasis by a health professional (GP, Consultant, Specialist Nurse, Community Matron, Health Visitor, School Nurse, District Nurse, Walk-in Centre Nurse consultant, A&E Drs & nursing staff). Referrals can be made via choose and book or by completing the Tier Two Dermatology referral form.
Download the Dertmatology - Community Services Referral Form
Please send referral forms to: email@example.com
- Where is the service offered?
Clinics are offered on 3 sites across the trust; Boston House, Claire House and Leigh Walk in Centre. The clinics are available Monday to Friday. We also provide home visits to vulnerable patients and the elderly.
Boston House, Frog Lane, Wigan, WN6 7LB
Leigh Health Centre, Leigh Infirmary, The Ave, Leigh, WN7 1HR
Claire House, Phoenix Way, Lower Ince, WN3 4NW
- We currently see patients with Eczema and Psoriasis only
We don’t provide second-line treatments for eczema and psoriasis patients but work closely with The Prosser White Dermatology Centre at Leigh infirmary (Dermatology – Hospital), referring patients on in need of systemic medication or ultraviolet light therapy. Children with food allergy are referred, if necessary, to Dr Castille’s team in Paediatric Outpatients at Thomas Linacre Centre, Wigan and any patients requiring patch testing for contact allergy are currently referred to the patch testing department at Salford Royal, Manchester.
- Request for blood tests
For more information visit our Blood Test and Phlebotomy Service area
- Appointment information
Changing or cancelling an appointment
Please contact Single Point of Access on 483483
Failing to attend your first appointment
Any adult failing to attend their first appointment without giving notice will be discharged back to their GP unless it is indicated that another appointment is necessary.
Any child failing to attend their first appointment will automatically be offered another appointment.
Failing to attend any further appointments offered will result in discharge back to your GP.
Failing to attend follow up appointments
Any adult or child failing to attend a follow up appointment will be offered the opportunity to book another follow up appointment. A letter will be sent to you from the department with further details of how to book a further appointment.
Failing to attend further follow up appointments will result in a discharge back to your GP.
Contacting the dermatology unit about prescription queries or problems with your skin
Main reception 01942 482256
How long will my appointment last?
If you are a new patient or haven't been seen by our service within the last 6 months, your appointment will last approximately 40 minutes. Any further follow up appointments will last approximately 20 minutes.
What to bring to my appointment
A list of your current medication. Please bring any creams you are currently applying - a photograph of the creams will be sufficient. A list of treatments tried previously for the skin and whether they were helpful, or not.
Arriving for your appointment
Please arrive in good time for your appointment to allow for parking on-site which can sometimes get very busy. On arrival check in at reception. You'll find us in entrance B, first floor. There is a lift available.
Take lots of photos as symptoms of eczema and psoriasis can come and go so photos can be a great way of showing your health professional how your skin has been behaving.
We know that eczema and psoriasis may affect how you feel so tell your health professional how you're feeling and what impact this is having on your life as this may determine what is the most appropriate treatment.
If your treatment isn't working tell your health professional as they can move onto another which may be more successful.
If you've any questions write them down beforehand as this may help you to get the best out of your appointment.
Open appointment system once discharged
You will be discharged back to your GPs care but should your skin condition become unmanageable with your current management regime, you may contact our service within a 6-month period and request a further appointment. An appointment after this time will require a new referral from your GP.
- Working with other services
Once a month joint sessions are held with Dr Rachel Hilton and the Lymphoedema service specialist nurses, treating those patients experiencing lower leg, skin and lymph drainage problems. We sometimes work with District Nurses, the Tissue Viability team, School Nurses and GP services but it may be necessary at times to liaise with social care, paediatric teams and dieticians; the latter referring those patients with associated food allergy.
District Nursing Service
District Nurses Treatment Room
Tissue Viability Service
Health Visiting Service
- Patient Information
Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. We cannot accept responsibility for the information found there. Please always follow the advice of your health professional and ask if you are unsure of how to use any of your treatments.
A management plan will be provided at the end of each appointment. If you did not receive one but would like one please speak to your healthcare professional.
Eczema and Psoriasis tends to come and go unexpectedly. People often have periods when their eczema or psoriasis calms down. Some may see clear skin or nearly clear skin during these periods. Treating your skin condition can keep it under control, helping you avoid serious flares and preventing your skin condition becoming more severe.
Keeping your eczema or psoriasis under control tends to be an on-going process. It may require appointments with our service, your GP or another heath care professional. You'll need to follow your treatment plan and learn what triggers your eczema or psoriasis. Once you know your triggers, you can try to avoid them.
While treatment may be on-going, the type of treatment you need may change. Different treatments may be necessary to, keep your skin stable, nearly clear or clear, or to control a flare-up.
At times treatment can lead to clear skin and no eczema or psoriasis symptoms. The medical term for this is "remission" A remission can last for months or years. As psoriasis and eczema can be unpredictable it is impossible to know who will have a remission and how long it will last.
Before stopping any treatments prescribed for your skin speak to your health professional as some treatments can be stopped immediately and other treatments need to be discontinued slowly to prevent your eczema or psoriasis worsening (rebound).
- COVID-19 hand washing advice
Professor Hywel Williams provides advice on managing the impact of dry and irritated skin resulting from frequent hand washing with soap and water to reduce Covid-19 risk in the University of Nottingham video.
UK GOV hand washing advice
British Association of Dermatology COVID-19 advice
Advice on COVID-19 for people with eczema
COVID-19 advice for people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
COVID-19 Skin Patterns
- Soap substitutes
Ordinary soap and bubble bath degreases the skin and damages the skin barrier, leading to drying out of the skin. You should not wash with water alone, as water is very drying. A soap substitute may be an emollient wash product or your regular leave on emollient. Simply apply it to your skin and then rinse off.
- Video Guides
Videos available on:
How to Use Topical Steroids
How to Use Emollients
Treating Scalp Psoriasis
How to Apply Wet Wraps
How to Apply Paste Bandages
How to Apply Occlusive Dressings
- Finding it difficult to get emollients or emollient wash products on prescription?
- Emollients and treatments that contain paraffin - Fire risk
- Topical Steroids
It may be necessary to apply topical steroids if the skin is flaring.
If potent topical steroids are prescribed in psoriasis they should be prescribed in combination with a vitamin D analogue or tar treatment in order to prevent rebound.
Topical Steroid Factsheet information can be found within the factsheet on application and fingertip units (FTU)
Mild and moderate topical steroids are available to purchase at your local pharmacy.
The choice of topical steroids that can be prescribed locally is based on the most current specialist recommendations and cost effectiveness.
These choices are demonstrated on the Steroid ladder below:
Antihistamines and eczema - antihistamines do not actually treat the itch, as eczema - unlike urticarial (hives) - is not caused by histamine. You may be prescribed non-sedating antihistamines if you have associated allergy or sedating antihistamines to get a better nights sleep.
Examples of antihistamines you may be prescribed following discussion with your health professional:
Chlorphenamine (including Piriton)
Your skin may sometimes become infected. Infection can cause the skin to change, making it look more red, itchy and swollen and may even cause it to weep and form a yellow crust. The skin may also feel hot to touch and may be more difficult to control than your usual treatments.
- Infections and Eczema
Download the Infections and Eczema leaflet
You may be prescribed a topical antibiotic (applied to the skin), or an oral antibiotic (taken by mouth) depending on the extent of the infection. For a list of the topical antibiotics which are combined with a topical steroid please see the topical steroid ladder. Topical steroid ladder.
Information on some of the more commonly prescribed antibiotics for infection in eczema and psoriasis
- Other treatments you may be prescribed by your health professional
Download Bandages and Wet Wraps leaflet
Diluted Bleach Baths - Recipe and Instructions - A leaflet will be provided by your health professional if this is suggested as part of your management plan
Topical Calineurin Inhibitors factsheet - Protopic and Elidel
- Medicines in pregnancy
- If you regularly pay prescription charges, a PPC could save you money.
The prescription charge in England is £9.15 per item. A PPC costs:
£29.65 for 3 months
£105.90 for 12 months
The quickest way to buy a PPC is to buy it online through the NHS BSA website.
Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC). The eMC is continually updated and contains information about all prescription medicines.
- List of local pharmacies
- More useful links:
Support programmes, including ones on eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing
Live Well – NHS
Healthy Routes Wigan
Think Wellbeing Wigan
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - Wigan
NHS Every Mind Matters
The Sleep Council
If you're in an unhappy place - Wigan Council
Facebook and YouTube
National Eczema Society Facebook page
Psoriasis Association YouTube Channel
Psoriasis Association Facebook
British Association of Dermatology Facebook
Other Useful links
Royal College of GPs Dermatology Toolkit
Skin Health Info - a website to provide information and advice to people living with a skin condition.
Eczema Outreach Support - free support pack available
Primary Care Dermatology Service - Patient and Carers Information
Changing Faces - Skin Camouflage Service
British Skin Foundation
Sun Awareness and Skin Cancer
The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity
Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection training programmes for,:
1) Hair, Health and Beauty Industry Professionals
2) Medical and Healthcare Practitioners
British Association of Dermatologists - Sun protection advice for the UK during lockdown https://www.bad.org.uk/media/news
- Eczema and Psoriasis Guidelines in England
- Service Achievements
We won the ALWPCT Gold award for designing and producing the topical steroid and emollient ladders and also won the Dermatology Award category at the British Journal of Nursing Awards. The ladders have recently been up-dated and follow the GMMMG formulary.
The Tier 2 Dermatology Service also won a Queen’s Nurse Institution Leadership and Innovation award in 2014 and one of the Dermatology Specialist Nurses has been awarded a Queen’s Nurse Title for her outstanding contribution to Dermatology Nursing in the Community.
- Health Professionals
British Association of Dermatology
Primary Care Dermatology Society
Royal College of GPs Dermatology Toolkit
British Dermatological Nursing Group - E-Learning available
Dermatologically Tested Podcast
St John's DermAcademy Podcast
Dermatology Community - service page leaflet
Greater Manchester Joint Formulary - Chapter 13 Skin
- Our leaflets
- Compliments, Complaints and Concerns
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