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Skin care & dermatology

Your skin concerns treated rapidly

As the largest organ in the human body, the health of our skin affects our overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life. Unfortunately, a number of factors can damage our skin, including:

  • Allergens
  • Irritants
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Disease
  • Injury
  • Stress
  • Genetic factors / family history

Skin concerns can quickly knock your self-confidence and even cause embarrassment, especially when they affect your face, such as acne, rashes, or other ‘lumps and bumps’.

Many of these conditions will need expert care from dermatologists, in order to find an accurate diagnosis and provide appropriate management to keep symptoms under control.

If you have any concerns about any visible rashes, lesions or other skin conditions, you’ll want to see one of our experienced dermatologists (skin, hair, and nail specialists) at The Princess Margaret Hospital, where they can offer you a rapid assessment and timely treatment.

With patients of all ages coming from Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Reading and Middlesex, our consultants offer expert advice and care for those with various dermatological concerns, presenting a personalised treatment plan and relief from symptoms without delay.

At The Princess Margaret Hospital, our Consultant Dermatologists treat the whole range of skin conditions. Whether you’ve noticed a change in the shape, size, or colour of a mole, or you’re feeling frustrated by a constant, itchy rash, why not book an appointment with us and start your journey towards relief from your symptoms.

Common skin conditions frequently seen and treated at Princess Margaret by our expert dermatology team include:

  • Acne - causing spots and oily skin, typically on the face, neck and back
  • Psoriasis – causing dry, red, and scaly patches of skin. Tends to cycle between flaring up and then calming down
  • Contact dermatitis – when certain substances come into contact with the skin, they may cause it to crack, blister or become itchy
  • Eczema – causing dry and irritated skin. Tends to be a chronic (long-term) condition
  • Rosacea – an inflammatory skin condition, causing flushing around the face and neck.
  • Hives (urticaria) - a raised, itchy rash on the skin.
  • Skin cancer - one of the most common types of cancer in the world

    They can also investigate and treat:

  • Skin allergies
  • Inflammatory skin diseases
  • Lumps and bumps on the skin
  • Mole abnormalities

Whatever skin concerns you may have, our dermatologists at Princess Margaret can see you for a rapid assessment and accurate diagnosis.

Any necessary treatment can then be arranged promptly, making The Princess Margaret the best choice for reliable, expert skin treatment.

Initial consultations with Dermatology specialists are typically 20 minutes, and begin by taking a detailed medical history, as well as a full rundown of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Your consultant will wish to know:

  • What symptoms have you had?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Have you received any treatment for them yet? How effective were these treatments?
  • Have these symptoms been getting progressively worse?
  • How is it affecting you? Do you have any particular concerns (e.g. are you worried it may be skin cancer?)

Following this clinical history, they will carry out a physical examination of the affected area of your skin with a dermatoscope, a specialist device allowing intricate analysis of moles or skin lesions. Your consultant will then let you know if you require any additional diagnostic tests. These may involve:

  • Blood tests
  • Mole Check – Involving a top-to-toe dermoscopic assessment of all your moles and any suspicious mole is then promptly removed and sent for histology (evaluation under microscope).
  • Allergy testing – helping to highlight the specific substances that may trigger an allergic reaction
  • Biopsy – a small tissue sample taken from the affected area of your skin, sent to the labs for analysis, helping to identify the type of skin complaint or cancer/

Any other tests can then be arranged if appropriate. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, you will have a follow-up appointment to discuss your treatment options, which are personalised to your specific diagnosis and your goals for recovery.

Certain conditions may require a surgical approach in treatment. This may include:

  • Mole removal
  • Excision/removal of skin lesion
  • Complex skin cancer surgery - which may involve plastic surgery if any reconstruction is needed

Further follow-up appointments with your consultant can then be arranged as and when to ensure your condition is well-managed, allowing you to keep on top of any flare-ups. It is always quick and easy to book an appointment with your consultant should you ever need help, advice, or further treatment.

Choosing to have your dermatological care at Princess Margaret, the largest private hospital in Berkshire East, comes with a host of benefits, such as:

Assessments ASAP – Certain skin conditions are best treated at the earliest possible stage. If you’ve been experiencing any of the associated symptoms, our consultants can see you for an assessment without delay, getting you an accurate diagnosis rapidly and the necessary treatment before your symptoms progress any further.

Patient Satisfaction – 97.9% of patients in 2020 said they would happily recommend Princess Margaret Hospital to friends and family in an independent report, and we’re confident that you’ll agree. 98% also said that the quality of care here at Princess Margaret Hospital was either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. We aim to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible, and these results highlight our continued efforts to ensure this is achieved.

Rapid Treatment – All necessary procedures are booked in promptly, ensuring you won’t have to wait long to get started on treatment, keeping that much-needed relief from your symptoms within reach.

Personalised care – We believe in a bespoke approach to treatment, tailoring each experience to our patients’ needs and whatever may be best for you. This is regularly reviewed, ensuring you get the necessary treatment at every stage of your patient journey.

State-of-the-art Investigations - With an all-encompassing X-ray department with MRI, CT and Ultrasound available on-site, as well as a lab for blood tests, any standard diagnostic scan or procedure can be carried out without long waiting lists, helping you get your diagnosis quicker.

A Multidisciplinary Approach – Our teams at Princess Margaret work in tandem with each other to provide you with the best possible care from start to finish. Working closely with colleagues in ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat), Oncology, and Plastic Surgery, alongside specialist radiographers, anaesthetists, and nurses, your consultants have access to a wide network for complex issues, ensuring you have expert support every step of the way during your treatment.

Convenient appointments – With flexible appointments available at dedicated clinics from Monday to Friday, you are sure to find an appointment slot that suits your needs and availability.

If a skin lesion or rash has been concerning you, why not book a consultation with one of our Dermatology specialists today? Our consultants can outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any necessary diagnostic scans, treatment and surgery if required.

For peace of mind and expert care, book an appointment online now.

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Dr Joey Lai-Cheong

Consultant Dermatologist


The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Dr Roy Palmer

Consultant Dermatologist


Mount Alvernia Hospital 1 more The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Dr Gayathri Perera

Consultant Dermatologist

PhD, MRCP, BMBCh. (Oxon), MA (Oxon)

The Princess Margaret Hospital 1 more Syon Clinic

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Mr Mahendra Kulkarni

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MB, MS, MCh(plastic), FRCS, FRCS(plas)

The Princess Margaret Hospital 4 more The Clementine Churchill Hospital Syon Clinic The Chiltern Hospital Bishops Wood Hospital

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