Hospital visits about your skin condition: How you can make the most of your appointment

If you attend a hospital regularly for treatment of a skin condition, or if you’ve been newly referred to see a consultant dermatologist, the ISF has a new guide available to help you make the most of your time.

It can be tricky to remember what you want to say or bring up, what has happened with your skin condition since your last visit, or just remember the questions you might have for the nurse or doctor you see.

The ISF have created a consultation support guide for people living with skin conditions in preparation for their dermatology appointments in secondary care.

This support tool offers a step-by-step guide to help anyone living with a skin condition, prepare and plan for their hospital visit/consultation with their dermatology team.

People often have limited time with their doctor or nurse during their visit, and for some it can be difficult to remember everything you want to say or ask.

This practical guide aims to help you get the most out of your appointment time, with the goal of achieving better management of your treatment and care in partnership with your healthcare professional.

Whether this is your first hospital appointment, or you have had several appointments already, this resource can help you plan ahead for your consultation.

If you need guidance or support about managing a skin disorder or have questions about how best to prepare for a hospital appointment, contact the ISF Helpline for free support and information