Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has hosted an open afternoon to celebrate the first anniversary of the dermatology day unit at Amersham Hospital.
The afternoon provided an opportunity for staff, patients and colleagues from across Buckinghamshire to meet with the dermatology team and find out more about the work of the day unit over their first year.
‘Led by a team of specialist nurses based at Amersham, the unit provides care across the Trust. We offer vital support to patients who have a variety of skin conditions that can, in some cases, be debilitating,’ said Sister Keryn Theobald, lead nurse for the unit. ‘As a team, we are dedicated to building up close relationships with our colleagues in GP surgeries and community sites to ensure that patients receive the right level of care they need and are being referred to our services when necessary to help improve the quality of life for those severely affected.’
At the open afternoon, guests were able to find out information about how the dermatology team treat patients with a range of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, early stages of skin cancer and leg ulcers. This year, the unit has seen over 70 patients with a range of conditions. The unit also provides advice, support and treatment for patients across the hospitals within the Trust. Outreach nurses from the team ensure that any skin conditions are looked after alongside patient’s main treatment.
Keryn continued: ‘This event has been a unique opportunity for us to meet with our patients, staff and colleagues, to celebrate what we have achieved so far and to share what we hope to achieve in the future that will benefit and support the people of Buckinghamshire.‘