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In this section, we have leaflets for the Dermatology department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your clinician.

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Bath PUVA Treatment

Ultraviolet radiation from artificial light sources has been used by dermatologists for almost 100 years and is a widely used and effective treatment in a number of skin disorders. PUVA therapy is a combination of UVA light and a medicament (8-Methoxy-Psoralen = 8-MOP) which sensitises your skin to UVA light with the aim to make the treatment more effective.



Cryotherapy is the treatment of skin abnormalities by freezing.

The skin is frozen briefly with a very cold substance called liquid nitrogen. This is usually applied to the skin using a spray gun, but a cotton bud can sometimes be used instead. This is usually done during a visit to the outpatient clinic. The procedure lasts a matter of seconds and is sometimes repeated after the skin has thawed out.



These soothe, smooth and hydrate the skin and are useful for all dry or scaly disorders e.g. eczema, psoriasis. Effects are short-lived and frequent application is necessary.


Hand and Foot Bath PUVA

The choice of PUVA over other forms of treatment depends on a wide range of factors including type of skin disease, age, skin type, previous therapy, current medication, and many others. In hand and foot bath PUVA treatment Psoralen is administered topically to the skin of your hands and/or feet as a diluted bath solution. The medicament penetrates your skin while you immerse your hands and / or feet in water.


Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist for Skin

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event and you and your family may experience a wide range of emotions, and have a lot of questions and concerns throughout your cancer journey.

Your Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is available to provide ongoing support from the initial investigations leading to diagnosis, throughout your treatment and on to living with and beyond cancer.


Narrowband UVB

Your doctor decided to use Narrowband UVB, which is the latest development in UV treatment of skin disorders. It is more effective than conventional broadband UVB in the treatment of psoriasis and possibly other skin diseases too. We may therefore recommend this treatment even if previous conventional UVB treatments have been disappointing.


Nicotinamide B3

Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3 family of medications, it occurs in trace amounts in fish, meat, nuts, eggs and in a lesser extent in some vegetables. It is added to cereals and other foods.


Patch Testing

The aim of patch testing is to try to discover whether you are allergic to any substance that is coming into contact with your skin. The substance may be found in lotions, perfumes, jewellery, hair dye, clothing, shoes, plants, medicaments, and numerous other sources.


Patient Contact Information for Skin Cancer

This leaflet has been produced by the Dermatology Department for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital (ASPH) patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer. It provides a list of patient information leaflets outlining particular types of skin cancer and their management as well as the contact details of the doctors who may be involved in your care. We appreciate you may have further questions following your consultation and diagnosis.


Photo Hub

Your GP has referred you to our Photo Hub clinic. This is run by Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Skin Analytics who will support us in the urgent assessment of your skin lesion and direct you to the most appropriate management.


Photo Hub - Routine Appointments

Your GP has previously referred you for a routine dermatology appointment. To reduce your waiting time, we would like to offer you a diagnostic appointment using teledermatology.


Pre-operative Patient Information

You have been given this leaflet in advance of your appointment for skin surgery. The aim is to help you to know what to expect when you attend. If you have any questions which have not been answered please ask the doctor or specialist nurse who will be performing your surgery.


Postoperative Advice

As part of the early healing process, initially scars are often red and lumpy. This gradually improves with time. Firm massage with Vaseline for 10 minutes a day will help to improve the appearance of the scar. Scars can sometimes thicken several weeks after surgery, especially on the upper body, upper arms and earlobes, but this can be treated if necessary.


PUVA Gel Treatment

PUVA Gel is a plant-derived compound which when applied makes the skin more sensitive to light. PUVA Gel is used to treat skin disorders effecting localized areas on body and scalp. Psoralens increase skin sensitivity to long wave UV A light. PUVA treatment is the combination of psoralen Gel (Psorlens) and then exposure to Ultra Violet (UV) light and the A is for the waveband, hence the name PUVA.


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