A one-stop skin cancer clinic at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley which reduces waiting times and cuts consultation appointments has picked up a prestigious NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman’s Award.
The Rapid Access Skin Cancer Clinic is widely regarded as a gold standard for patient care and treatment and is also the first multi-disciplinary team clinic of its kind in Scotland.
The team - who were presented with their award at a special ceremony by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil - is made up of four consultant dermatologists, a consultant plastic surgeon, two associate specialist dermatologists, two staff grade dermatologists and a plastic surgery specialist nurse together with plastic surgeon and dermatology trainees.
They are further supported by a team of six nurses, two reception staff, a Macmillan nurse and a clinical photographer.
NHSGGC’s Dr Isabelle Hay, Lead Consultant for Clyde Dermatology, said: “It is a one-stop clinic which allows the management and treatment of the patient on the same day.
“Our approach builds inter-disciplinary communication and working practices and provides an excellent teaching opportunity for junior members of staff.
“It is also a superb environment for giving information to patients.”
Working together, this comprehensive team of specialists shorten and simplify the journey for patients from consultation to treatment and links between dermatology and plastic surgical departments have proved invaluable for the benefit of patients.
Patient care is also further enhanced with immediate access to counselling services with the Macmillan Nurse.
NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “We continually strive to ensure that our services to patients are as seamless as possible - to create an environment where patients have as few appointments as possible between diagnosis and treatment and preferably in one place. I am delighted that the Rapid Access Skin Cancer Clinic at the RAH has achieved this and they are very worthy winners of this award.”
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Pic: The Rapid Access Skin cancer Team at the RAH in Paisley