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Skin Problems & Minor Skin Surgery

The community dermatology and minor skin surgery service is part of County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services, specialist services directorate. 

The service provides treatment and continuing care for a range of skin conditions for e.g. Eczema, Psoriasis, and will support those patients with long term skin conditions by promoting self care. We also provide a service to those patients requiring minor skin surgery. The service is provided from local community venues across County Durham and Darlington, thus preventing the need for patients to attend a hospital setting.

All of our GPwSIs  - General Practitioners with Special Interest in Dermatology and Minor Skin Surgery  - are accredited practitioners and our nurses are all registered with the National Regulatory Body.

Service Information

The team consists of:

  •    specialist services manager
  •    general practitioners with special interest (GPwSI) in dermatology and minor skin surgery
  •    specialist nurses
  •    health care assistants. 
  •    A consultant dermatologist from University Hospital North Durham also carries out clinics within our service.
  •    administrators

The service is offered to the populations of:

  •    Derwentside
  •    Easington
  •    Darlington
  •    Dales localities

The clinics are provided from:

Stanley Primary Care Centre and Queens Road Medical Centre.
Tel: 01207 584360

New Seaham Medical Centre, East Dene Road, Seaham and Healthworks, Easington
Tel: 0191 587 4816

Dr Piper House, King Street, Darlington, DL3 6JL
Tel: 01325 746297

Urgent Care Centre,
Bishop Auckland General Hospital, Cockton Hill Road, County Durham DL14 6AD.
Counden Health Centre, The Eden Centre, Counden.
North House Surgery, Hope Street, Crook, DL15 9HU.
Tel: 01388 452286

To be seen in the service you will first need to be referred by your own GP or other health professional using Choose and Book or our standard referral proforma's.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital