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Rapid Access Cancer Clinic

Rapid Access Skin Cancer Clinic

A one-stop skin cancer clinic which reduces waiting times and cuts consultation appointments is now widely regarded as a gold standard for patient care and treatment.

The Rapid Access Skin Cancer Clinic, based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, is also the first multi-disciplinary team clinic of its kind in Scotland.

A patient survey backs up this success story, with an 87.5 per cent satisfaction rate.

The team 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, plus plastic surgeon and dermatology trainees are attached to the clinic.

They are supported by a team of six nurses, two reception staff, a Macmillan nurse and a clinical photographer.

Three biopsy clinics run concurrently with the consultations and the clinic is also linked to the pathology service in the Southern General Hospital.

Dr Isabelle Hay, lead consultant of the Dermatology Department, Clyde Division, said: “It is a one-stop clinic which allows 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 two 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 patient pathway from consultation to treatment time and links between dermatology and plastic surgical departments has proved invaluable for the benefit of patients.

Patient care is also enhanced with immediate access to counselling services with the Macmillan nurse.