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When you’re pushed for time
When you’re pushed for timeAs featured in the Style of Wight Magazine
The Lighthouse Clinic in Crocker Street, Newport, offer a range of evidence based solutions to a range of skin conditions and has recently added another string to their bow. Since May this year, they have started a private blood taking service. Anyone who has an NHS Blood Test form can call for a private appointment, and benefit from a time slot that suits the individual with no waiting times!

When the Clinic decided to offer this extra service, they were amazed at the number of staff wanting be trained, it wasn’t a morbid curiosity, but the desire to help patients. As a result, the Clinic now has a team of experienced clinicians, and newly qualified Louise Read tells us, “I’m happy to be able to provide a service for NHS patients that can relieve the pressure on the hospital and save patients a potentially long wait. Having assisted with minor surgeries, I have found phlebotomy to be natural career progression for me. Patient care is a passion and I am proud to be part of a team that provides unique services to the Island.”

Private one-to-one appointments for blood taking are only £20. Your test results will follow the usual NHS process and be available through your GP. Call 01983 522520 to book an appointment once you know which test you require.

Dermatology raise money for Cancer Research UK
Dermatology raise money for Cancer Research UK
On Sunday 1st July, Helen and Louise from our Dermatology Team completed the Southampton Race For Life. They ran the 5K course in soaring temperatures to raise money for Cancer Research UK. So far, they have raised over £200! We are all very proud of both of them!
Dermatology Service Celebrates Positive CQC Report
Dermatology Service Celebrates Positive CQC ReportAs featured in the Island Echo
The Isle of Wight’s Dermatology Service has reason to celebrate having achieved a positive CQC report after a first inspection at their new location in December.

The department moved out of St Mary’s Hospital in 2016 and has since gone from strength to strength in their custom, re-designed premises at The Lighthouse Clinic in Crocker Street, Newport.

The fully integrated service provides diagnosis and treatment for skin conditions, including skin cancers. They are able to offer surgical procedures, cryotherapy, PUVA (light therapy), routine and ‘Fast Track’ cancer assessments as well as non-NHS services such as Skin Camouflage, private Blood taking and private Dermatology appointments.

The unit is proud to have one of the best waiting times in the region for NHS Dermatology, averaging 4 weeks less than similar services on the mainland. It has the facilities to offer one-stop appointments where the assessment, diagnosis and treatment may be given in one visit.

The inspection revealed overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients, mirroring the clinic’s mission statement of delivering consistently high quality care, efficient use of resources, improved outcomes and a service to be proud of. The full report can be found at

Lighthouse Medical Ltd holds the Dermatology NHS Subcontract from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and is the sole benefactor of the Lighthouse Educational Foundation charity. Since 2012, the charity has worked to proactively support training and education of GP Surgery staff in locations across the Island to suit staff needs.

Stay Safe When the Sun Shines
Stay Safe When the Sun ShinesAs featured in the Style of Wight Magazine
As the holiday season approaches and we all start baring our bodies, the dermatology team are ready for action! They will be out and about warning people of the dangers of too much Ultra violet exposure.

Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanomas are associated with UV radiation exposure from the sun. Learn how to protect yourself and your children to stay safe and help make skin cancer a thing of the past.

Protecting children from sunburn, stops skin cancer developing. Recent studies have shown that melanoma risk was predominantly associated with sun exposure in early life, and as little as 5 childhood sunburns can increase the risk of getting a melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 80%!

3 top tips to prevent sunburn:
SHADE – Avoid exposure during the hottest part of the day 11-3pm. Sit in the shade, use a parasol on the beach and wear a hat, especially small children who have thin hair and risk burning their scalp. If exposure is unavoidable cover up!

SUNSCREEN – Apply sunscreen 30 – 50 SPF with UVA and UVB protection before going outdoors and reapply regularly. Don’t forget to protect your ears! a common place to burn, and where the team see a lot of skin cancers in later life.

SUNGLASSES – protect your eyes and also the delicate wrinkle prone skin around them by wearing sunglasses from an early age.

For up-to-date information on how to check and protect your skin from skin cancer and the unwelcome signs of aging caused by the sun, visit

Exceptional Outcomes
Exceptional OutcomesAs featured in the Style of Wight Magazine
We would like to introduce the Lighthouse Clinic to our readers. For those of you who haven’t yet visited the clinic at 62 Crocker Street, Newport, a new style of dermatology is being offered to the Isle of Wight. Refurbished to the highest standard, the purpose built building houses state of the art equipment, which clinicians use to preform procedures not available elsewhere on the Island.

The accredited CQC registered clinic gave outstanding results at their recent CQC inspection and is a shining light on the Island for the NHS.

The team of clinicians are exceptionally skilled and experienced in their field of interest. For instance, the very highly qualified Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon Dr Richard Ashton is author of the best-selling book Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology and has in excess of 30 years’ experience in Dermatology.

In the current climate, the NHS is unable to offer a range of dermatological treatments. The Lighthouse Clinic is able to treat these patients on an affordable private basis. The assessment and removal of embarrassing non-cancerous lesions and, Seborrhoeic warts, unsightly skin tags and Nanny McPhee type moles.

As the weather warms up and we want to expose more of our bodies, now is the time to consider having that embarrassing lesion or tag removed. For assessments booked before the end of March 2018, The Lighthouse Clinic is offering a reduced consultation price of £10 per patient with their Dermatology Advanced Nurse Practitioner (subject to availability).

The clinic prides itself on having minimal waiting times and exceptional outcomes. To book an appointment, call 01983 522520.


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