GP Referral Guidelines

Step 1: Read our referral guidelines

The Sussex Community Dermatology Service is a secondary care Dermatology service for patients registered with West Sussex Primary Care Trust. Referrals can be made by any NHS healthcare professional but must adhere to the referral guidelines. Please download the referral guidelines below to ensure that the patient can be seen within the service.

Common Exclusions: 
Leg Ulcers
2-week rules
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Cosmetic skin lesions or problems
Patients requiring transport - As we are a community service we are unfortunately unable to provide a transport service for patients. All clinics do however have full disabled facilities and access.

 

Step 2: Complete the referral form or letter

We have prepared a standard referral template for the service to make it easier for you to refer patients on to us with all the information we need. Simply fill in the patient’s details and choose which locations they would like to be seen at. Where possible we will always try to book patients in at their chosen location or close to their home.

Referring to us again?

Why not save some time and automate the referral process by integrating our referral template directly into your practice management software. We’d be happy to come out and do this for you if your software supports customisable letter templates or forms. For more information, please email our IT manager at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Step 3: Send the completed referral form or letter to us

 

 

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01903 340849 


Sussex Community Dermatology Service
 Central Administration Office
 13 New Church Road
 Hove
 East Sussex BN3 4AA 

Sussex Community Dermatology Service
Central Administration Office
51 Chesswood Road
Worthing
West Sussex
BN11 2AA 


Need More Information or Advice?
Please feel free to give our admin team a call on 01903 703 272 to discuss specific referrals or for more information about the service and our clinic locations. 

Practice Feedback

The service has received a lot of positive feedback from local GP's and their patients. Here's a sample of some of the feedback we have received from The Lime Tree Surgery, Dolphins Practice & Shoreham Medical Centre:

“The SCDS offers a fast and efficient referral service for our patients here at The Lime Tree Surgery with dermatological conditions. We access the service on behalf of patients via the Choose & Book website and have found it to be a popular option for patients wishing to avoid the longer waiting times at WASH. The staff at the SCDS have always been extremely helpful and courteous with our enquiries and go a long way to ensuring that the patient's pathway is as smooth and hitch free as possible. They always inform us if there is a shorter wait at Hove, rather than Steyning which is useful and helps patients. They always return our phone calls promptly and offer good and thorough advice. Patients who have their own transport or are willing to travel slightly further afield have chosen this referral service over the local hospital, although some of our older patients still prefer to wait to see the dermatologist at the hospital, especially if they require transport or have difficulties with mobility. All in all, a first class service and an asset to health services locally.”

The Lime Tree Surgery, Worthing

“The SCDS has provided our patients with an outstanding provision of dermatology services within its first year. The booking system is straight forward and the patients really appreciate being able to see a dermatology team in the comfortable surroundings of a new GP surgery. The waiting time is very short and always comes as a surprise when compared to the NHS secondary care provison that they have been used to over the years. The team are happy to answer questions that GP's pose to them and the interchange of professional dialogue we are sure ensures appropriate referrals, indeed at times problems can be managed without making a formal referral.”

Dolphins Practice, Haywards Heath

“It has been most beneficial to have another dermatology service to call on for the many dermatology referrals we receive; we are aware of the huge number of referrals sent to our local hospitals and the waiting time involved. It has been a pleasure to work with your team at SCDS, who are extremely friendly, helpful and eficient and when we tell our patients we are sending them to a clinic where they can be seen quickly, they are, of course, delighted! Thank you to all the team and particularly to Anna Baldwin, who always rescues us and is delightful to work with.”

Shoreham Medical Centre, Shoreham