We try to make the first visit to our service as comprehensive as possible and this takes time. Please allow three hours.
On arrival you will be invited to complete questionnaires about your eczema and how it affects your life. This information will transfer automatically, and confidentially, to your electronic patient record. The clinical team will review your answers during your consultation and may ask some additional questions.
A clinic nurse may record your blood pressure, weight and ask you to provide a urine sample.
You will be seen by one of our medical dermatology team. Our service is consultant- led and so you will always either be seen in person by, or your case discussed with, one of our senior consultants.
We will ask you questions about your condition including questions about your eczema, other allergies or medical problems you may have, previous and current treatments, how your condition affects you, and what your main concerns and goals are. With your permission, we will examine your skin. A chaperone is always available.
We will develop an investigation and treatment plan collaboratively with you.
We may need to do some investigations during the appointment, for example blood tests or skin swabs.
You may also see one or all of the following members of our multi-disciplinary team:
A clinical nurse specialist to discuss treatment plans and provide advice and guidance
Our team psychologist for support with psychological distress related to eczema.
Our consultant allergist and clinical nurse specialist in Allergy for assessment of related allergic disease
A member of our clinical research team. Research into the cause and treatment of eczema is an integral part of our service and we aim to ensure all patients are offered the opportunity to participate. This is entirely voluntary. You are under no obligation to take part and if you decline this will not affect your care in any way.
We are a teaching institution and as such may have visiting clinical undergraduates and post-graduates, including doctors and other health care professionals, in attendance during your consultation.