Dermatology

Dermatology

Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the study, research and diagnosis of disorders, diseases, cancers, cosmetic, ageing and physiological conditions of the skin, fat, hair, nails and oral and genital membranes, and the management of these by different investigations and therapies.

The service provides diagnosis and treatment for inpatients (wards) and outpatients (clinics).

Description

Dermatology is part of Waikato Hospital's Surgical Services cluster. Dermatology services include:

  • Consultancy, assessment and treatment services for inpatients
  • Dermatology Clinic for new patients and follow-ups held every weekday
  • Subspecialty clinics including paediatrics, patch testing, vulval diseases, skin cancer, and transplant medicine.
  • Combined clinics with Department of Radiation Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Medical Oncology, Rheumatology, Paediatrics and Sexual Health/Gynaecology.
  • Assessment of skin lesions including off-site digital imaging “virtual lesion clinics”, provided in collaboration with MoleMap New Zealand.
  • Phototherapy provided by skilled nursing staff for patients with inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
  • Nurse-led clinics for paediatric atopic eczema and follow-up of patients on second-line agents (e.g. methotrexate). Our nurses treat skin lesions with cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy and topical therapy, and they assist the dermatologists with surgical procedures to remove skin cancers. Some patients requiring complex procedures are referred to Waikato Hospital’s plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Location

Waikato Hospital, Wairoa Waikato Hospital Campus, Pembroke Street, Hamilton
Dermatology Clinic, Reception B, Level 1, Meade Clinical Centre
Plus outreach clinics in Rotorua, Tokoroa and Te Kuiti.

Contact information

Outpatients - clinic booking clerk 07 839-8944, fax 07 839-8670

Referral information

GP referrals should be sent to the Referral Co-ordination Centre. 
Please refer to Guidelines for Referral. 

DermNet website

DermNet NZ (external link) (external link) provides authoritative information about skin diseases, conditions and treatment for patients and their health professionals. However information provided on DermNet NZ should not be regarded as medical advice for individuals.