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June 08, 2006 9:45 AM

The launch of a new Glasgow skin centre for the West of Scotland will see dermatologists from across Scotland coming together today to honour Dr Alan Lyell, an internationally renowned former colleague.

The new centre based at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital brings together all Glasgow's skin specialists to a single department and will be named the Alan Lyell Centre for Dermatology in Dr Lyell's honour.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has worked with dermatologists to develop the new centre, which has also won funding from the Scottish Executive's Centre for Change and Innovation, which will provide services such as a streamlined skin cancer service, biological treatments for chronic skin disease, the regional contact dermatitis service, and highly specialised expertise in many other areas.

Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman, is delighted that the name Alan Lyell will be attached to the new centre.

He added:"I worked with Dr Lyell in the 1960s and am particularly pleased we are naming the department in his honour.

"The new centre will harness our resources for the benefit of Glasgow citizens."

Dr Robert Herd, Clinical Director of the new service said:"For too long, Glasgow has been served by several departments individually too small to meet every modern need.

"The new centre allows the city's leading skin experts to provide highly specialised dermatology services and education in a major centre, but without sacrificing the local care, which will continue to be provided throughout the city, which patients expect.


Notes for Editors

Now nearly 90 years old, Dr Alan Lyell worked at the city's Royal Infirmary in the 1960s and 70s.Born in India in 1917, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was wounded in the Normandy landings, before training in dermatology in Cambridge, London and Edinburgh and becoming a consultant in Glasgow.

He is famous throughout the world for having described the severe blistering skin disease Lyell's syndrome, also known as "toxic epidermal necrolysis" or "scalded skin syndrome".

He continued to research the disease, which can be caused by staphylococcal infection or severe reactions to prescription drugs.

There are over 100,000 attendances at Glasgow's dermatology departments every year. The epidemic of skin cancer has produced an increasing workload, but dermatologists also deal with psoriasis and eczema and hundreds of other skin disorders.

Glasgow's dermatology services have been redesigned by the dermatologists of the city to provide modern services such as a streamlined skin cancer service, biological treatments for chronic skin disease, the regional contact dermatitis service, and highly specialised expertise in many other areas.

This "Hub and Spoke" model of services has been adopted by many of the UK's other leading departments as a way to combine local access for skin care with the highest modern standards.

The centre is based at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital, but dermatologists from the centre will continue to provide services at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the Western Infirmary, the Victoria Infirmary, and Stobhill Hospital.

Childrens' dermatology services will continue to be provided at Yorkhill Hospital.

Because of all the experts who are now working together, the new centre will be one of the UK's leading dermatology departments for training and research, as well as clinical care.

It will also serve as a centre for training general practitioners, nurses and other practitioners, and for patients, to provide better care for skin patients in the community, as envisaged by the Kerr Report and the Scottish Executive Health Departments "Delivering for Health" strategy.

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