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Teledermatology

A pathway for new presentations of adult skin eruptions in adults and children that enables all RCHT-facing practices to gain a rapid opinion on diagnosis and management. It is a useful alternative to a face-to-face clinic referral for selected patients.

It involves sending a digital photo with clinical history through to the RCHT dermatologists using the standard NHS e-Referral system. We will respond within 72 hours.

You can take a picture with a digital camera or even your smartphone. The ‘Quick Reference Guide’ below explains how to do this.

Please refer

  • New patients/presentations
  • Skin eruptions

Do not refer

  • Lesions

 

How to do telederm in a nutshell:

1.       Gain consent

2.       Take picture

3.       Dictate letter

4.       Secretary uploads via e-Referral system

In your letter please include the following information:

  • Brief description
  • Other areas involved (mucosae, scalp, nails etc)
  • Duration
  • Precipitating/alleviating factors
  • Symptoms (i.e. pruritus, discomfort)
  • Change over time
  • Results of relevant investigations
  • Treatment used so far and response.
  • Any pre existing skin conditions?
  • Relevant past medical history

 

Consent

Please only use the consent form provided on this website. This will enable our service to demonstrate adherence to information governance standards.  

 

Attachments

Quick Reference Guide for GPs 

CONSENT FORM

Clinical Proforma (optional)

How to do teledermatology with iPhone

How to get nhs.net email on your smartphone (iPhoneiPadAndroidWindows Phone

 

Videos

How to do telederm with iPhone for GP’s

How to do telederm for practice secretaries

 

Evaluation:

We need your input to develop this into a useful tool for Cornish GP’s.

 

Please tell us what you think of the service in this short survey:

 

GP feedback -> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9RJW3VZ

 

We’d also like to know what your patients think!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2T3CJDM (A printable version is available here)

 

Contacts:

Preshita Divekar (Consultant Dermatologist, RCHT) Preshita.divekar@nhs.net

Dr Andrew Sharp andrew.sharp9@nhs.net

Emma Wheeler (e-referrals lead RCHT) for e-RS technical queries. emma.wheeler4@nhs.net

 

Sarah Lague (Booking coordinator, Dermatology Unit) for administrative issues. sarah.lague@nhs.net