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Vulval Clinic

This service specifically cares for women who have conditions affecting the vulval area, where initial treatment has not been successful.

We see women with a range of different conditions which include (but are not limited to):

  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen simplex chronicus
  • Rare vulval skin conditions
  • Vulval pain

What can I expect at the vulval clinic?

This is a specialist multidisciplinary clinic run by two gynaecologists and a dermatologist. Due to the nature of the conditions, you may also be seen by other specialists from sexual health and oral medicine.

You can expect to undergo a consultation and examination, which will include looking at the vulval skin. You may be asked if we can monitor your condition with photographs, available via our clinical photography service. These would form part of your confidential clinical record and access is limited to clinicians involved in your care. We may need to perform a vulval biopsy, under local anaesthetic. 

How can I access this service?

You will be referred by a consultant dermatologist or gynaecologist , who will have reviewed you first. In some instances, you may be directly referred by your GP.

If you have previously been seen in this clinic, you can refer yourself back if necessary; this is called a patient initiated referral.

Where will I be seen?

The vulval clinic is located in clinic area K at the Victoria Ambulatory Care Hospital.

Clinic Times:

The clinic is usually held on the first Friday of the month. Both gynaecologists and our dermatologist are available between 9am and 1pm; our gynaecologists are also available between 1pm and 5pm.

Contact Details

To cancel or change appointments :

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Dr Isabelle Hay

Consultant Dermatologist


Dr Claire Higgins

Consultant Gynaecologist


Dr Simone Vella

Consultant Gynaecologist


Additional Support


The British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease (BSSVD):

Vulval Pain Society:

British Association of Dermatologists:

Association for Lichen Sclerosus and Vulval Health:

UK Lichen Planus:

Vulval Clinic

Dermovate patient information

Aldara Leaflet

Vulval Biopsy 

Looking after your vulva information

Lichen planus information leaflet

Lichen sclerosus information leaflet

Vulval biopsy patient information leaflet

Vulval pain - patient information leaflet



Last Updated: 27 May 2021