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Dermatology

Dermatology is the medicinal focus on diagnosing and treating diseases related to the skin, hair and nails. At HCA at The Shard we provide access to dermatology services to effectively diagnose and treat patients in London with a range of skin-related diseases and conditions.

Our specialists at HCA at The Shard can diagnose different medical conditions, including acne, eczema and psoriasis. Treatments are provided via London Bridge Hospital and cover freckles, warts, moles, skin lesions and conditions from age-related skin deterioration.

In treating such skin conditions, we provide a wide range of effective dermatology procedures, including:

  • Cryosurgery – an effective treatment using liquid nitrogen. It involves freezing an affected area and can be used for skin lesions, such as seborrhoeic keratosis, actinic keratoses or verrucae
  • Intralesional steroid therapy – a treatment involving steroid injections, which can be used to treat scars and reduce their appearance on the skin
  • Surgical excisions – a type of surgery used to remove skin tissue, such as cutting out skin legions
  • Light/laser therapy – a procedure that involves using light and lasers, which can be used to reduce acne

Acne

Acne is a common skin disorder and a key area of dermatology; the condition can start at puberty and can cause serious discomfort. While it is often associated with changes in body hormones, which occur during adolescence, it can continue into adult life.

Few specialists believe that acne is caused by diet or a food allergy. But an acne reaction can more rarely be related to an external agent, such as a work-related chemical or medication. Patients may also need a specialist to do an assessment, ensuring they do not have a major hormonal problem, such as polycystic ovaries in women.

Treatments for acne include controlled drugs like isotretinoin and the latest dermatology innovations, such as intense light therapy and laser methods.

Moles

Mole removal is another service our team of dermatologists can advise on at HCA Healthcare UK at The Shard. Moles, which are groups of pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin, are usually slightly raised and brown in colour, but they can be pink or flesh-coloured. Most European people will have moles on their skin. Individuals can also commonly form new moles before they reach 25 years of age.

The majority of moles are entirely benign (harmless), but can become malignant or infectious. If this happens the mole can become a malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, which can spread to other organs in the body.

Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for hair loss

Why HCA at The Shard dermatology services are right for you

  • Exceptional care for the best outcome - Once you contact HCA at The Shard, we will aim to provide you with an appointment the same day. This way our dermatology specialists can immediately work to give you a diagnosis and bring you piece of mind, before performing the treatment that’s right for you.
  • Quick and effective treatment - At HCA Healthcare UK at The Shard, our impressive dermatology services offer rapid efficient treatment for skin conditions, such as acne, and for the quick and effective removal of moles.
  • Innovative technology and leading consultants - Our world-leading consultants will use their skills and experience, alongside the latest technology, to help ensure your treatment is quick and efficient, aiming to provide the best possible outcome and a fully effective recovery.

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Pharmacy

HCA at The Shard provides pharmacy services via our sister hospital, London Bridge. This service supports our medical and nursing staff in delivering the safe and effective use of medicines for our patients.