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02 Aug 2021 Teledermatology Pilot Launched in West Wales

As part of implementing the Dermatology Vision for South West Wales, the ARCH partners are running a Teledermatology pilot in Hywel Dda University Health Board from 13th August 2021.

The case for change to transform Dermatology services is based on a model where patients avoid attending physical outpatient appointments and access alternative pathways, where clinically-appropriate. A Teledermoscopy service that is offered in a community setting with high‐quality clinical photographs and dermoscopic images taken by medical photographers, provides that alternative pathway for Dermatology Outpatient Services, and by taking advantage of available technologies whilst providing quicker access to high quality care, diagnostics and treatments.

 The Teledermoscopy model proposed involves a qualified clinical photographer taking a series of digital dermoscopy images of the skin lesion. Subsequently, the images are sent to a specialist for remote assessment for diagnosis and management.

At the core of the vision is the desire to improve the patient’s journey by delivering prudent, homogenous, patient focused services aligned to innovative technologies to improve the dermatology service for our communities so that they can benefit from appropriate care, improved outcomes, support, education and rehabilitation throughout their lifespan.

The pilot is based in the Cardigan Integrated Care Centre, holding one Teledermoscopy clinic per week. The Clinic is managed by the Medical Illustrations team and images will be reviewed by a Consultant Dermatologist.

The pilot will run for several months, and subject to a positive evaluation will be scaled up later in autumn 2021.

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