Skin Cancer Clinic
Skin cancer clinics, attended by North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) consultant Plastic Surgeons, are held on a regular basis at:
- Southmead Hospital Bristol, North Bristol NHS Trust
- Royal United Hospital Bath
- Gloucester Royal Hospitals.
Weekly pigmented lesion clinics are held at North Bristol NHS Trust.
All patients with suspected skin cancer should be referred by their general practitioner (GP) by:
a) Completion of the skin cancer referral form
The patients are then triaged into the following categories:
b) 2 week wait referral if they suspect a malignant melanoma or the patient has a pigmented lesion.
c) A non – 2 week wait appointment, in a skin cancer clinic.
Patients are also referred from dermatologists, if they require surgery for their skin cancer.
If a patient is a two – week referral they will be seen within 2 weeks from the date of their referral, in either a pigmented lesion clinic or a skin cancer clinic by a consultant plastic surgeon, who will probably be supported by a Clinical Nurse Specialist. If ongoing surgery is required following this visit, it should be undertaken within the next 2 – 4 weeks.
Non-two week wait referrals will be seen within an outpatient clinic within 4 – 5 weeks, with surgery being performed if it is a suspected squamous cell carcinoma within 3 – 4 weeks. Patients with suspected basal cell carcinoma will have surgery within 3 months of their outpatient appointment.