You may have been thinking about your appointment in a dermatology clinic for a long time. There can be a lot to consider.
Time with a doctor or dermatology nurse is precious, but services can be stretched. So how can you make the most of your time?
We have developed a step-by-step guide to help you to prepare for your next visit about your skin, whether you are going with psoriasis, eczema, acne, or any other dermatology condition.
You and your GP has decided to look into specialist care for your skin condition. This is usually because your condition is complex, isn’t responding to standard treatment, or a specialist opinion is needed.
Thinking ahead and preparing will help you and your dermatology team plan your care and treatment, and help you get the most from your outpatient appointment.
Whether this is your first appointment or you have had several appointments already, this short guide can help you plan ahead for your consultation.
You may receive your appointment by letter, phone or text. Keep the details of the appointment safe, and consider marking the date on a calendar, or put a reminder in your phone so that you don’t forget your appointment.
People attending hospital appointments for a skin condition may be prescribed systemic or biologic treatments (tablets or injections).
There are new treatment improvements and developments in dermatology every year, your doctor is best placed to discuss these with you.
It is also natural to have questions about any treatment, including your concerns about any possible side effects, or any potential immune system impact. Both doctors and specialist nurses in dermatology can help with these questions.
For more information, visit our Information Booklets and Resources Section.
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