Dermatology services

Diagnosing and treating skin diseases

Our dermatology department is known as St John's Institute of  Dermatology. It opened in 1863, and is now one of the world's leading centres for patients with skin disease.  

We are the largest clinical dermatology department in the UK.


  • treat a wide range of skin diseases from common ones to rare and very severe conditions requiring treatments not available elsewhere in the UK
  • are an internationally recognised centre of research into skin diseases
  • are a postgraduate training centre in dermatology for other health professionals, including dermatologists from all over the world. 

Our facilities

  • outpatient departments at both Guy's and St Thomas'
  • inpatient beds
  • intermediary care and outpatient day care suites
  • a dermatology surgery and laser treatment centre
  • a clinical research area and laboratories.

Dermatology services

See the specialties tab to see the services that our department offers.

State-of-the-art check-in system

Programme of improvements

Self check-in and an electronic patient calling system is now used at the dermatology (Bermondsey) reception. 

These were introduced as part of our programme of improvements within dermatology, lupus and rheumatology services at Guy’s Hospital. Read more in the April edition of the GRIDA newsletter (PDF 399Kb).


A day at St John's Institute of Dermatology

St John’s Institute of Dermatology is running a taster course for medics.

  • Date: Thursday 22 October, 1pm-6pm
  • Location: St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's
  • Cost: £75 for trainees, £50 for medical students.

Find out about a career in dermatology,
get tips for the application process and hear from consultants and specialist registrars.

For more information and to apply, please email educationadmin