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Keeping staff and patients safe
Keeping staff and patients safePatient and staff safety - Covid-19
Our amazing clinical team are still here, caring for the Isle of Wight’s dermatology patients. Patient care and safety is always top priorty for the team, but now, even more so.
Covid-19/New Coronavirus:The Lighthouse Clinic appointmentsRoutine appointments
Unfortunately, due to the significant pressure that COVID-19 is putting on NHS Services, we are having to reduce the amount of patients attending their dermatology appointments.

For the foreseeable future all new routine referrals have been cancelled and have been added to a waiting list. All follow up appointments will be telephone consultation only.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we can assure you we are doing our very best to keep our patients and staff safe during this time.

Covid-19/New Coronavirus:The Lighthouse Clinic appointmentsPatient Advice
In light of the new Coronavirus guidance The Lighthouse Clinic will be reviewing all patient appointments.

If you have an appointment with us within the next three months, we will be in touch to advise on whether your appointment will take place in person, postponed or by some other means.

If you do not hear from us and you are concerned please contact us on 01983 552590.

Covid-19/New Coronavirus: Interim advice for those taking medicines that affect the immune system such as biologics and immunosuppressantsAdvice from British Association of Dermatologists
Updated on the 9th March 2020.

The BAD knows that national guidelines on this are being urgently produced. In the meantime, many people have been contacting us asking for advice, so we have produced this information based on our knowledge at the moment, whilst we await further evidence and advice.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new virus causing an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is a type of coronavirus. There are several other sorts of coronaviruses which are well known and which usually only cause mild infections.

Am I more at risk?

The BAD is aware of the concerns about COVID-19 of people who are taking medicines that affect the immune system such as biologic therapies and/or immunosuppressants. The BAD is not aware of any good evidence that these people are at a greater risk of getting COVID-19 or having a more severe form of the illness. This advice may change as we find out more about this new condition, so we advise checking NHS advice sites regularly.

The BAD advises that creams used for skin conditions, in the correct quantities recommended by dermatologists or GPs, are not likely to increase the risks of getting COVID-19 or having a more severe form of the illness.

Is my medicine one which affects the immune system?

You can find out more about your medicine by looking at the patient information leaflets on the BAD website here.

What should I do?

To date, there is no public health guidance specifically for people taking drugs that affect the immune system such as biologic therapies and immunosuppressants although this situation may change. Please keep up to date by checking the latest NHS advice here.

At present, most people are choosing to continue treatment until there is evidence on which to base advice.

If you are considering stopping your treatment, please discuss this with your dermatology team. Any decision made about stopping treatment should include the consideration that your skin condition may deteriorate. It may also be more difficult to access healthcare services over the upcoming months.

Follow general advice provided to the general public in minimising the risk of infection:

DO:

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
wash your hands with soap or a soap-substitute moisturiser and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work and before eating
if you have dry skin then use moisturiser after washing your hands – some creams, lotions and soap substitutes used in dermatology contain an antiseptic such as benzalkonium chloride or chlorhexidine
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
DO NOT:

do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Consider avoiding crowded places or crowded transport if possible.

If you become unwell or develop a fever, follow the advice given by the NHS and consult your doctor to consider whether you should discontinue your biologic or immunosuppressant treatment.

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Do you suffer from Hand Eczema?National Hand Eczema Research Trial
The Lighthouse Clinic are proud to support the National Hand Eczema Research Trial.
If you suffer from severe Hand Eczema and would like to be involved in this trial, visit https://ctru.leeds.ac.uk/alpha/.
Further information about the study can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7Ftkoivmjs
62 Crocker Street - Caring for you on the Isle of Wight (Page 1)
62 Crocker Street - Caring for you on the Isle of Wight (Page 1)As featured in In The Zone
Behind the door of the Grade II listed building at 62 Crocker Street, Newport you will find your community healthcare hub, home to The Lighthouse Clinic.

The Lighthouse Clinic offers a new style of dermatology on the Isle of Wight with a range of evidence based solutions to a range of skin conditions. Here the fully qualified, specialist clinicians perform procedures not available elsewhere on the Island.

What we offer at 62 Crocker Street
The accredited CQC registered clinic gave excellent results at their recent CQC inspection and is a shining light on the Island for the NHS. Where the NHS is now unable to offer a range of dermatological treatments, the Lighthouse Clinic can treat those patients on an affordable private basis. The range of treatments and services includes;
• The assessment and removal of unsightly non-cancerous lesions, Seborrhoeic warts, skin tags and Nanny McPhee type moles.
• The reduction of abnormal excessive sweating.
• Mole checks for patients with concerns about a mole, and would like it regularly checked.
• PUVA – the Island’s only provider of Psoralen (P) ultra-violet light (UVA) treatment, used for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo.
• Skin Camouflage with our British Association of Skin Camouflage accredited therapist to conceal scars, birthmarks and other non-infectious skin conditions.
• Private blood taking (phlebotomy)

The private blood taking service is popular with those patients who prefer to book a convenient time slot and have no waiting times. Anyone who has an NHS Blood Test form can call for an appointment. A trained specialist will take a sample of your blood and your results will follow the usual NHS process and be available through your GP.

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62 Crocker Street - Caring for you on the Isle of Wight (Page 2)
62 Crocker Street - Caring for you on the Isle of Wight (Page 2)As featured in In The Zone
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The talented staff
The clinicians are exceptionally skilled and experienced in their field of interest. Between them, our two Consultant Dermatologists, Dr Ashton and Dr Aziz have over 60 years’ clinical experience, one is a published author and the other is internationally recognised. Both are highly qualified in their specialist areas which include Skin Cancer and Dermatological Surgery, Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Rebecca Gautier, Dermatology Advanced Nurse Practitioner, is a Registered Nurse and has worked with the Isle of Wight NHS since 1983. She is an extremely experienced Dermatology Advance Nurse Practitioner, skilled in helping clients with a range of skin conditions including lesions and psoriasis. Rebecca’s qualifications include Independent Nurse Prescribing and skin surgery.

Michelle McKenzie uses Skin Camouflage techniques to help people with skin conditions feel more confident about facing the world. She is a Graduate Member of The British Association of Skin Camouflage, and certified by the Royal College of Nursing in the Principles and Art of Para-medical Skin Camouflage Application Techniques.

Keep an eye out for our specialist nurses, out and about during the warmer months, promoting skin health and all aspects of skin care.

What do people say about the Lighthouse Clinic?
The CQC 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 www.62crockerstreet.co.uk/lighthouse-medical.

Contact
For more information about services, prices and testimonials, visit www.62crockerstreet.co.uk.

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

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 www.62crockerstreet.co.uk/lighthouse-medical.

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 www.62crockerstreet.co.uk.

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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