15 outpatient and skin surgery sessions per week
Dermatology suite where skin treatments and investigations are undertaken by our team of specialist nurses
Working closely with the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery, particularly in the treatment of patients with skin cancers
MEHT Dermatology Department, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET
MEHT Dermatology Clinic, St Peter's Hospital, Spital Road, Maldon, CM9 6EG
Referrals to this department should be made only by health professionals, and should be sent to:
MEHT Mid Essex Referrals Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Pudding Woods Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET.
Some Myths and Misunderstandings
Relatively few skin diseases are catching. Your doctor will tell you if your problem is due to an infection.
NHS hospital dermatology departments do not deal with cosmetic problems such as tattoo removal, thread veins, benign mole and wart removal, male pattern baldness and removal of excess hair.
Whilst we are able to investigate certain skin disorders due to allergy, we are not able or equipped to deal with other suspected allergies causing asthma, hay fever or digestive symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Should I use a sun bed to help my psoriasis?
Although natural sunshine helps many patients with psoriasis, the lighting tubes in sun beds are specifically designed for tanning and have very little benefit for psoriasis. For this reason it is not recommend the use of sun beds. Hospitals have special ultraviolet light cabinets designed for the treatment of psoriasis.
2) My child has troublesome eczema and I have been told bathing may be harmful.
Although soaps and excessive bathing can dry out the skin and worsen eczema, once daily bathing using a bath emollient, a soap substitute and a moisturiser after bathing is in fact comforting and beneficial for children with eczema.
3) I have developed eczema, should I undergo food allergy tests?
Apart from in some infants there is little evidence that food allergy contributes to eczema. Many commercial organisations offer expensive, irrelevant and unreliable allergy tests. Your GP or dermatologist will advise you on this matter.