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Wye Valley skin centre ushers in new era of innovative, high-quality care and treatment

Press release – November 8 2021

PR 030/2021

An award-winning team at Wye Valley NHS Trust which recently received national acclaim is behind a new skin service which has begun seeing its first patients.

The Wye Valley Skin Centre brings together staff and services delivering skin cancer care which have previously been delivered at a number of Trust premises.

The new centre, based in the Gaol Street clinic buildings, consolidates dermatology, and specifically skin cancer related care services, onto one site – with the team hoping to develop “see and treat” services for serious skin cancers and rashes, linked with their nationally leading Teledermatology service set up during the pandemic.

The Teledermatology service involves holding consultations with patients who can be in their own home and using technology to speak with, and send images to, consultants in the centre.

Earlier this month the Trust’s Dermatology Team, which will be providing services from the new centre, landed the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) Dermatology Team of the Year award.

“As a team, we’ve worked incredibly hard, innovatively and bravely for our service and patients over the last two years and have achieved in this time what ordinarily might have taken five to ten years,” said Dr James Powell, Dermatology Clinical Lead.

“We safeguarded our service during the initial waves of the Covid pandemic while also establishing services and facilities that will enable us to improve the care and treatment we deliver into the future.

“The services at the new centre include inflammatory, skin cancer, surgical, phototherapy, paediatric and a new counselling room. We will also be able to work more closely with our colleagues in plastic surgery who will shortly be joining us in the new exciting facility,” added James.

“Historically these have been provided at a range of sites – Dermatology and Plastic surgery at our buildings at Belmont, some services at Hereford County Hospital and some based in the Gaol Street building.

“We now have eight clinic rooms (one for children), a wound dressing room, a phlebotomy room, a family support room, three operating theatres, a biopsy room, a recovery area and a new reception area.”

Not only will the creation of the new centre mean staff will be able to see and treat more patients more quickly, it releases valuable space at Hereford County Hospital for other departments to use for outpatient and surgical use, which are key areas of activity as the Trust pulls out the stops to tackle the backlog of patients due to the pandemic.

The Trust has also brought in some new staff to allow it to run the new centre efficiently.

“We have the capacity for 80 outpatient sessions per week for face to face consultations and we can now run 30 theatre sessions a week,” said Kat Barker Deputy General Manager.

“I am incredibly proud of our award winning Dermatology team and their determination to create a centre of excellence for patients with skin conditions and cancers. I want to pay tribute to the staff members in the dermatology team who have gone the extra mile to keep services running while making the skin centre a reality. ” said WVT Managing Director Jane Ives.

A short video of the Dermatology Team’s entry to the BMJ awards can be found by following THIS LINK. 


Pix caption:

Dermatology Clinical Lead Dr James Powell with the team at the new Skin Centre

One of the new procedure rooms

The children’s outpatient clinic room

Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £250 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928


Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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