- Angela Hurst
- Carole Thompson
Specialist features of department include:
- Skin Cancer: diagnosis, treatment and follow up.
- Skin cancer telephone clinic for results.
- Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse specialist support
- We work closely with the Histopathology, Plastics Surgery and Maxillofacial departments in the Countess and with the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Whiston Hospital in order to provide our patients with the most appropriate care.
- Complex skin cancer surgery
- Nurse led plastic surgery dressing
- Breast surgery/Reconstruction clinic
- Hand Surgery, hand clinic follow up.
- General Plastic Surgery
- Clinics held at Arrowe Park, Clatterbridge and Maelor Hospitals
- Emergency Trauma Plastic surgery
- Combined surgical cases with other specialities (orthoplastic /reconstruction)
If you have recently been referred or diagnosed with a skin cancer, the information on this page may be of further support for you. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and Malignant Melanoma MM).
If your GP suspects you have a skin cancer they will refer you to Dermatology or Plastic Surgery via the FastTrack pathway, which means you, should be offered an appointment within two weeks of the referral. When you come to your appointment in the Plastic Department the doctor will ask you questions about your skin and your medical history the skin will be assessed and if a skin cancer is still suspected, then a plastic surgeon may decide to remove (excise) or take a small sample (biopsy) of the area that is of concern. The lesion will then be examined under the microscope by a histopathologist.If a cancer is diagnosed, it is important to remove the malignant cells along with a good area of healthy tissue around the cancer, called a “margin”. Sometimes it may be difficult to stitch the skin edges back together in a straight line. Therefore tissue can be used next to the area of skin (skin flap) or from another place elsewhere in the body to cover the wound (skin graft). The plastic surgeon will discuss this with you in more detail.
If the histopathologist confirms you do not have a skin cancer, then you will usually be discharged. If you do have a skin cancer you may or may not need further treatment and follow-up depending on the type of skin cancer. All scars should be moisturised daily this will help to stop scars becoming lumpy or skin becoming tight around this area.
A diagnosis of skin cancer can bring about concerns, worries and anxiety, these maybe practical, emotional and/or financial. In some cases, a personalised care plan can be carried out, jointly with your specialist nurse enabling you to identify specific needs and get the best help and support in moving forward with your treatment.
Patients are also encouraged to wear a high factor sun cream, to not get burnt or use sunbeds, and cover up in the sun. Any new or changing lesions on your skin it is strongly advised to contact your Consultant, specialist nurse or GP and to seek further advice.
Below are some contacts that you may find useful for further information and support.
- Macmillan Support and Information Centre, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 01244364948.
- Macmillan Cancer Support 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week 8am – 8pm
- Melanoma focus.
- British Association of Dermatologist (BAD)
- Cancer research UK.
- Teenage and young adult cancer services.
- Wirral holistic care services.
- Melanoma patient conference.
The team also work towards improving the service we offer, by listening to patient feedback and acting on any ways that we can enhance the care you receive within our department.
The Countess Charity helps us provide more for our patients her at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Ellesmere Port. For more information please google Countess Charity.
Useful telephone numbers
- Professor Fahmy/Mr. Sharma 01244 366265
- Mr. Siddiqui/Miss Breahna 01244 365911
- Wound /Dressing related enquiries: 01244363131
- Surgery Dates/admissions: 01244364450
- Pre assessment, swabs and medication related queries: 01244366956
- Skin Cancer Clinical nurse specialist: 01244 366751
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