We provide expertise about the effects of light on skin conditions. Our unit has 2 functions:
We see people with skin conditions caused by sunlight, such as:
- polymorphic light eruption
- actinic prurigo
- chronic actinic dermatitis
- cutaneous porphyria
- xeroderma pigmentosum
We offer complex diagnostic testing (phototesting) and provide a:
- national cutaneous porphyria clinical service
- national xeroderma pigmentosum clinical service
Our Dowling phototherapy unit provides a full range of phototherapy. We use ultraviolet light to treat people with skin conditions, including:
We're also 1 of 2 centres in England to provide high output UVA1 therapy. This is a valuable new treatment.
We're the lead for a network of phototherapy units in hospitals throughout south east England.
We offer iontophoresis, a treatment for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating of hands and feet) on Mondays, 9am to 1.30pm.
Research and clinical trials
Research is vital to improving the care that you receive. You can help improve healthcare by taking part in research studies at our Trust. During your appointment, ask your healthcare professional about research. They'll be happy to tell you about research studies you could be eligible to join.
You can email [email protected] for more information.
Last updated: 10 January 2023