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COVID-19 - Routine Dermatology appointments available

Updated: Wednesday 7 April 2021

In the aftermath of Boris Johnson's latest statement on the measures we all need to take during the conditional easing of social distancing South West Dermatology are keen to ensure our patient well-being and safety is at the forefront of our services and offer a range of options to cater for all existing and new patients.


Patients with serious dermatology conditions needing urgent treatment


Tony Downs appointment updates during easing of COVID-19 lock-down

Urgent cases suspicious of skin cancer can be seen at The Medical Eye Centre in Marsh Barton or Exeter Medical at Admiral House. Both healthcare locations offer a protected environment and adhere to all social distancing regulations and procedures.

In the first instance please contact Dr. Downs' PA, Ros on 07838 293968 to arrange your appointment and on-going treatment.


Routine and urgent dermatology skin conditions including skin surgery


Tony Downs consultations during social distancing (potential Skin Cancers)

Dr. Tony Downs is able to see and treat patients with dermatology condition at The Medical Eye Centre in Marsh Barton or Exeter Medical at Admiral House. Both healthcare locations offer a protected environment and adhere to all social distancing regulations and procedures.

In the first instance please contact Dr. Downs' PA Ros on 07838 293968 to arrange your appointment and on-going treatment.


Patients wishing to continue with teledermatology and remote dermatology video consultations


Tony Downs remote skincare consultations

For less urgent cases, those who continue to shield at home and general dermatological related conditions Dr. Downs will continue to offer remote video consultations and teledermatology consultations for as long as required or requested by patients.

Patients can also use our online form to upload photos of their condition for assessment by Dr. Downs from the comfort of their own home.

All patients can be seen and treated with or without a GP referral.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact with Ros on 07838 293968 to discuss your available options.

The South West Dermatology team are here to care for you during the social distancing because your health is important too.

Dr Tony Downs offers advice for patients with dermatological conditions in relation to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Patients taking medication for their condition


Covid19 may theoretically result in a more severe infection in patients that take a medication where an annual flu vaccination is routinely recommended.

In Dermatology, this would be:

Azathioprine, ciclosporin, methotrexate, mycophenolate, fumaric acid esters, apremalist and biologic agents for psoriasis or hidradenitis (but not for eczema).

New or existing patients should be aware and consider stopping/suspending or deferring treatment to a later date, with the understanding that their skin condition will most likely deteriorate.

Patients with dry scaly skin conditions


Over and above government advice on hand washing and reducing coronavirus transmission, people with dry scaly skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis may wish to follow the additional advice:

  1. There is no evidence that dry scaly skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis are more likely to acquiring or transmit coronavirus
     
  2. Topical medications such as emollients or steroids should not be shared between individuals. There is no evidence to suggest their regular use on the skin increases the risk of acquiring or transmitting coronavirus. However, wash your hands before you apply your treatment creams to your skin.
     
  3. Alcohol gel and frequent soap and water hand washing will aggravate some people with hand eczema. To reduce the need to hand wash, wear disposable non-powdered gloves, but change them if your hands become sweaty underneath the gloves. Also carry around your own hand cream to moisturise your hands after you have washed them.
     
  4. Soap substitutes may not be as good as ordinary soap at killing coronavirus when hand washing.

Dr Downs is able to see patients remotely via a private phone/video consultation during this pandemic.

Coronavirus-19 busting remote dermatology consultations

We are able to offer private phone/video consultation for most skin problems to avoid any unnecessary travel during the current Coronavirus epidemic.

Our remote dermatology consultations are available using FaceTime Video or standard phone calls. Any necessary prescriptions can then be posted to you or to a pharmacy of your choice.

Call Ros on 01392 350053 or get in touch online using the form below:

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