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Don't Love The Skin You're In?

Chris McCall

12:08am 13th July 2014

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (which plans, buys and monitors NHS services in Dorset) is holding three dermatology focus groups during August 2014.  These groups will be informal and relaxed; anyone affected by a skin condition is invited to come along and give their views.

Skin conditions are very common and can be distressing. They affect one third of the population at any one time.

There are over 1000 dermatological diseases affecting skin, hair and /or nails. These include eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria, rosacea, infections, leg ulcers, lichen planus and drug rashes.  In addition, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK.

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is keen to ensure an effective, safe, evidence based and joined up dermatology service across the county, meeting the needs of local people both now and in the future.

Dr Chris McCall, Chair of the General Medical and Surgical Clinical Commissioning Programme with NHS Dorset CCG. He said "Skin problems account for 24% of all consultations with a GP.  Some skin conditions are very serious and there are many which impact daily on people's quality of life.  We need to ensure that the service in Dorset is comprehensive, responsive and appropriate to the needs of local people. To do this - we need their help - we need their views".

In West Dorset, the focus group will take place  at Frederick Treves House, Poundbury on 11 August 2014  between 2 & 4 pm         

Anyone wishing to attend can book a place via Lily Doherty on 01305 368029 or email service.improvement@dorsetccg.nhs.uk by Wednesday 6th August 2014.

You can also provide your views on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DermCCG for which the closing date is Friday 29 August 2014.

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