Benefits of tele-dermatology for patients
The aims of the tele-dermatology service are to:
Provide care closer to home
Prevent avoidable and inappropriate referrals to the dermatology
Reducing the time taken for patients to access specialist services
GPs can quickly and easily obtain a second opinion when required
What is tele-dermatology
Many dermatological conditions can be reviewed and/or diagnosed by qualified specialists from good photographic images, and many cases triaged or diagnosed in this way can be managed in the community by GPs without patients having to attend the dermatology service. This supports care closer to home for patients.
Tele-dermatology allows specialists quickly to examine and triage cases from photographic images, recommending onward care referrals where appropriate but otherwise allowing patients to remain under the care of their GP with a suitable management plan.
How does the service work?
Your dermatological condition and queries could be managed in your own GP Practice setting who has our software partner The World Health Net and tele-dermatology stand.
Tele-dermatology allows specialists quickly to examine and triage cases from photographic images, recommending referrals to the specialist service or secondary care where appropriate, but otherwise triaging cases back to the G.P with a suitable management plan.
How quickly will my tele-dermatology referral be reviewed?
Your tele-dermatology referral will be reviewed and returned to the GP with advice within 2 working days but in most cases by the following day of not before. dependant on demand.
The referral and will make a clinical decision on the best pathway of care you.
Your GP will then contact you to discuss the outcome of your referral and next steps.
What could be the outcome of my tele-dermatology referral?
The outcome of your tele-dermatology referral could be one of the following:
A treatment plan sent back to your GP with instructions for management in your GP practice
If required, you will be sent on for a face to face appointment with the specialist dermatology service
If required, arrangements for the onward referral to another specialist; this may involve your GP offering you a choices of local services