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Dermatology

Dermatology is the medical specialty dealing with diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases.

Bedford Hospital

The Dermatology department at Bedford Hospital deals with adults and children with skin problems (skin, hair and nails).

For all referral and appointment queries please telephone the booking office on 01234 792220 or 01234 795712.

Bedford Hospital also has a well established Laser Treatment Centre offering treatment for a number of skin complaints.

Lead clinician:

Dr Ekaterina (known as Katya) Burova

Dermatology Secretaries :

Caroline Coppin  01234 355122 ext 2064.
Rebecca Blakemore 01234 315522 ex 2857

Staff

The department comprises of three hospital practitioners, two specialist nurses and two consultant dermatologists.

Clinics

  • Outpatient clinics are held in the outpatients department situated near the A&E department.
  • The laser treatment centre is situated off the main corridor near the admin block.
  • Paediatric outpatients clinics take place in the paediatric outpatients department in Cygnet wing.
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

About our Service

The Dermatology Department at Arndale House is staffed by consultants, specialty doctors, clinical assistants, a specialist registrar and nurse specialists as well as dermatology nurses.

The department provides a comprehensive service which sees patients with common skin diseases such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

In addition we provide a number of specialist clinics and a ‘see and treat’ one stop service, primarily set up for suspicious, i.e. cancerous looking skin lesions. We also provide a nurse-led Telederm clinic where patients are reviewed by a dermatology nurse, who reviews patients face-to-face, takes a history and consults with a dermatology consultant on a treatment plan for the patient.

We also offer virtual appointments which include video and telephone consultations for our review patients.

Skin cancer forms an important part of the department’s work, and we have close links to the plastic surgery team and the hospital’s own Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Team.  We are all part of the Local Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team, and meet on an almost weekly basis.

In addition, we have a Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse who is there to support and guide patients and ensure they receive optimised individualised care.

Accessing the Service
This service is available on ERS.

Some of our Dermatology Consultants are also available privately through the L&D’s Cobham Clinic and Spire Hospital.

Contact Us

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE BASED IN ARNDALE HOUSE, WHICH IS SITUATED ABOVE THE MALL IN LUTON TOWN CENTRE.

Dermatology secretary direct line: 01582 497229  please leave a message on the answering system and we will get back to you as soon as possible, this service is checked regularly throughout the working day.

Address:

Dermatology Department, 1st Floor, Arndale House, The Mall, Luton, LU1 2LJ

Directions to Dermatology Department Arndale House :

Link to address/map from letterhead

By Car: Sat Nav Users should use LU1 2HN as the postcode

By Bus: Various bus companies offer services to Luton Town Centre, including Arriva and Centrebus. Many of these services stop directly outside the Mall. For further information please visit their websites

www.arrivabus.co.uk

www.centrebus.info

By Train: Arndale House is a 5 minute walk from Luton Train Station. Exit the station towards the town centre. At the traffic lights cross over Guilford Street and you will see The Mall’s entrance directly ahead of you. Once on the The Mall level (accessed by lift or escalator from ground floor), the entrance to Arndale House can be found opposite the central information point and help desk. (between Chopsticks and The Perfume Shop? Photo?) The Dermatology Department is on the first floor of Arndale House and is well signposted from here.

Car Park:

There are good parking facilities at The Mall, Luton. Parking is easy, safe and secure. The Central car park is the most convenient to use, please use the central lift bank to access The Mall level which is next to the entrance of Arndale House from any car park level.

For Patients using wheelchairs or patients who find walking distances difficult:

The most direct route from the Central car park to Arndale House is to park on Level 5 use the lifts in the centre of the car park and take the lift to the Mall level, on exiting the lift you will be right beside the Entrance for Arndale House, which is based between Chopsticks and The Perfume shop. The Dermatology Department is on the first floor of Arndale House and is well signposted from here.

Car parking charges: (Please note that the car park only accepts cashless payments)

0-2 hours £1.50
2-3 hours £2.00
3-4 hours £3.00
4-5 hours £4.00
Over 5 hours £4.00

 

Hospital Transport:

Hospital transport to Arndale House is available for all patients entitled to transport to the main hospital site in Lewsey Road.

There are certain geographical areas which are not provided with Hospital Transport and patients can obtain this information from their GP practice.

Clinics

  • General Dermatology
  • Patch & Photo patch tests
  • Skin Cancer
  • Phototherapy treatment
  • Minor surgery
  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Monitoring clinics for patients on systemic treatment
  • Cryotherapy
  • Camouflage clinic for patients with pigmentary disorders
  • Combined Vulval/GUM
  • Iontophoresis

 

Staff

Dr Bernadette De Silva Consultant Dermatologist
Dr Martin Kunzemann Clinical Assistant/GP
Dale Monteclaros Phototherapy Nurse
Dr Daniel Schulman Consultant Dermatologist
Dr Rakhi Singh-Ragunath Specialty Doctor
Pippa Tinsley Clinical Nurse Specialist
Dr Christina Vlachou Consultant Dermatologist
Dawn Walker Macmillan Skin Cancer CNS