The Dermatology Department at Broadgreen (BGH) is part of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital. This is the biggest NHS dermatology department in the Mersey Region with eight Consultants and a Nurse Consultant in Skin Cancer. We have a recently refurbished dedicated dermatology/allergy clinic and theatre suite. There are nine Specialist Registrars (SpRs) who rotate within Mersey Deanery and a dedicated nursing and clerical staff that includes three skin cancer nurse specialists, three specialist nurses and a research nurse. The Ward 4 facility at BGH comprises a 14 bed area with its own dermatology trained nursing staff. There are eight in-patient beds and six day case beds (Monday – Friday) shared with rheumatology. Adjacent to the ward there is the phototherapy unit which offers TLO1 narrowband UVB (including out of hours treatments), bath PUVA, systemic PUVA, hand & foot PUVA and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Sub-speciality clinics include – patch testing for allergic contact dermatitis, hyperhidrosis, transplant clinic, psoriasis and biologics, HIV, vulval and cutaneous lymphoma clinics.
Skin cancer forms a large part of the departmental workload taking 2 week rule skin cancer referrals for Liverpool – these clinics are for patients suspected with malignant melanoma (MM) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). We also have clinics for patients referred with suspected basal cell carcinoma (BCC).
There is a weekly local skin cancer MDT meeting in BGH supported by other specialities including specialist dermatopathologists.