Dermatology

A major comprehensive skin service in North London is provided in the hospital setting at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals. Community services are provided at Edgware Community Hospital and Potters Bar Community Hospital as well as various primary care settings in the region.

The Dermatology department sees patients referred for skin conditions including skin cancers, where patients are given rapid access. Minor operation facilities are provided for the removal of lesions. There is also a well developed Phototherapy Service.

We are the largest London skin cancer centre and also work in partnership with the Royal Free Hospital in providing the North London Community Dermatology Service.

Enfield Community Dermatology Service (ECDS)

In 2012 the Trust implemented a Community Dermatology service in Enfield. This service involves consultants and speciality doctors holding clinics in GP surgeries across the Enfield borough in order to meet the needs of dermatology patients whose conditions can be safely and effectively managed in the community setting.

The aim of this service is to provide Enfield patients with localised care and treatment for minor and routine dermatology issues. Patients will be seen quicker, in a setting that is closer to home with clinic waiting times reduced. The patients will be seen by a doctor from the Trust providing the same level of expertise as in an acute setting, but their on-going care will be managed in the community.

From October 2013, we added an additional service into the community clinic providing a Nurse led Minor Operations clinic at Lincoln Road Medical Practice for any routine biopsy needs.

The GP surgeries that will be hosting our services will be:

  • Freezywater Primary Care Centre
  • Green Lanes Surgery
  • Bincote Surgery
  • Lincoln Road Medical Practice
  • Abernethy House
  Freezywater Primary Care Centre Green Lanes Surgery Bincote Surgery Lincoln Road Medical Practice Abernethy House

2B Aylands Rd
Enfield
Middlesex
EN3 6NS

808 Green Lanes
London
N21 2SA

11 Bincote Rd
Enfield
Middlesex
EN2 7RD

Loncoln Rd
Enfield
Middlesex
EN1 1LJ

70 Silver St
Enfield
Middlesex
EN1 3EB

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Monday

Dr Cooper
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Tuesday  

Dr Cooper
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Wednesday        

Dr Robles
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Thursday      

Dr Dissanayake
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Dr Robles
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Dr Marks (GPwSI)
Weekly

Nurse led minor ops session
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Friday    

Dr Dissanayake
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The Trust is one of the major providers of secondary dermatology care for Enfield residents. We greatly welcome the opportunity to work with NHS Enfield to further develop this community dermatology service and to improve the experience and care for Enfield patients with skin diseases.

Referrals are made through the Referral Management System and patients will be rapidly triaged to the most appropriate clinical setting. The ECDS will match the capacity requirements required now; future development will provide capacity for most non-urgent, non-complex dermatology patients to be cared for in the community.

Patients with potential skin cancers, complex medical dermatology patients, patients requiring specialist investigations or treatments, urgent cases and paediatrics will continue to be managed in the acute sector until continued management within the community service is possible. The ECDS will provide a formal training programme to support and develop Enfield GPwSI in dermatology and create a mechanism through which they can be accredited by NHS Enfield. It will also provide an easily accessible educational resource for patients, GPs, community nurses and other primary care staff.

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