What to expect at your appointment
Your GP has referred you to the South West Oxfordshire Community Dermatology Service based at Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot. We will offer you an appointment in the post, but if you do not hear from us or if you have any questions about the appointment booking, you can contact Suzanne Bailey at Woodlands Medical Centre on the above number. Due to the nature of the clinic, we are able to offer you only one appointment date at the clinic, if you are unable to attend on that date or do not attend then we will discharge you back to your referring GP and you can be referred on to a Hospital Dermatology department of your choice.
You will be seen by a local GP, Dr Adam Jones or Dr Estelle James, who have had specialist training in dermatology and minor skin surgery.
Please leave 1 - 1 ½ hours for your appointment during which time you will be assessed and treated on the same day. The doctor assessing you will assess the skin lesion your GP referred you for and will also offer you a full skin check, to check the rest of your body. This is because we know that when a person has one area of concern (which may be related to long-term sun damage) there may be others. Please wear clothes that are easy to take off and put on. If the doctor decides you need a minor operation under local anaesthetic it will happen on the same day. You may be offered a follow up appointment if further treatment is recommended. If the doctor advises creams to be prescribed, your referring GP will be notified and they will issue a prescription which you can pick up from your surgery or pharmacy within 2 weeks of your community dermatology appointment.
Depending on the type of operation undertaken, you may have stitches. These will need to be removed by your practice nurse at your own surgery 7-14 days later and you will need to be available for this time if required.
You will be able to drive after the operation, unless the operation is on the face, in which case it is best to make alternative arrangements. There is free parking at Woodlands Medical Centre.
Your wound will need to be kept clean and covered. You will need to keep it dry for 48 hours and avoid bathing or swimming for 2 weeks. If you require stitches, then we recommend no heavy lifting or sports activities for 4-6 weeks.
We will write to your GP once we have seen you in clinic advising on the treatment you have received and if your GP needs to issue a prescription or take further action. If you have a minor surgery procedure, we will write to you with the results of the sample that was sent to the laboratory, and if further action is needed, this should take up to 4 weeks.
How to find us
Woodlands Medical Centre is located next to the Didcot Community Hospital site, off the B4493 (Wantage Road) between Didcot Broadway and Harwell.
32A Didcot, Harwell, Wantage, Abingdon
X32 Wantage Harwell Didcot and Oxford
93 to Didcot Town Centre and station
Didcot Parkway Train Station which is a 15minute walk or bus 93
SWOL Dermatology Patient Leaflet