Treatment of Children

Treatment of children

The paediatric (children’s) laser service has transferred to the Bristol Children’s Hospital, which has recently acquired a new vascular laser for the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks and other skin conditions. The service is run by the paediatric dermatology department under the leadership of Dr Lindsay Shaw, Consultant Dermatologist.  Dr Kay Thomas, who leads the Bristol Laser Centre at Southmead Hospital, will be running clinics at the Bristol Children’s Hospital twice a month and continuing to provide the majority of the laser treatments.

  • New NHS patients will be seen at Bristol Children’s Hospital from October 2015.
  • Children over the age of 8, who are currently on a treatment programme at Southmead Hospital, can continue being seen at Southmead until the end of their programme.
  • Children whose treatment is self-funded will continue to be seen at Southmead Hospital until a self-funding service is made available at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
  • Hair removal treatment for children between the ages of 8 and 16 will continue to be provided by the Laser Centre at Southmead Hospital.

Referrals & Funding of Children

NHS funding

Laser treatment for children with significant facial birthmarks is funded by NHS England. A referral letter will be required from your GP or hospital specialist. NHS referrals for children should be sent to Dr Lindsay Shaw, Consultant Dermatologist, Bristol Children’s Hospital.


If it is not possible to get NHS funding you can choose to pay for your child’s treatment. For further information, contact the Bristol Laser Centre. We require a referral letter from your GP for all patients under 16, even if you are self-funding the treatment.

If you have any questions about laser treatment for children please contact the laser centre on 0117 4141212 or contact the Bristol Laser Centre.


We have received perfect care, compassionate, professional, understanding and well managed clinically. The use of up to date laser equipment gives us confidence that our daughter Olive is getting the most effective treatment possible. The care we all get as a family from the staff, together with effective treatment from modern equipment makes the whole experience fantastic, we feel very lucky to be under their care.

Bill Hosker

Treatment of Children