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Right Arrow Dermatology team is the best in the country
01 December 2006 at 14:00

The Dermatology Team at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust can proudly claim to be the best in the country after winning the prestigious Hospital Doctor award of Dermatology Team of the Year.

The award ceremony, hosted by Eamonn Holmes, was held at the Hilton Hotel in London last Thursday. Afterwards Dr Aamir Memon, who leads the team said, “I am so proud of the team. This is a wonderful achievement for all who have worked so hard over the last few years since the team was set up in 2002. But perhaps more importantly, it is excellent for our patients. To be recognised in this way, at what are seen as the hospital ‘Oscars’, means that our patients can be assured they are getting a first class service.”

One of the reasons the awards are so well respected within the NHS are that contestants are judged by their peers. The Judge for the Dermatology Award was Dr Martin Keefe, consultant dermatologist at Royal South Hampshire Hospital, who was last year’s winner. Of Dr Memon’s team he has said: “An innovative approach has enabled a service, led by a single-handed consultant, to cover a large population across two hospital sites. They have reduced waiting times by developing an extensive range of nurse-led services, one-stop clinics for skin cancer and telephone clinics, supported by community clinics run by GPs with special interests.”

After the award ceremony he added, “What swung it for Dr Memon and his team was that they were so much a team. They support one another and work together so well.”

Dr Aamir Memon was the only single-handed dermatology consultant among the three hospitals nominated. The other two finalists in the Dermatology Team award were from Brighton General Hospital, East Sussex and The Alan Lyell Dermatology Centre, Glasgow. As a result of winning, Dr Memon will be the judge for next year’s competition.

The Hospital Doctor Awards have been going for 16 years and this year there were over 250 entries for the 15 categories.

Notes to Editors

When Dr Memon was appointed in 1995, the only support was three sessions by clinical assistants. Dermatology services were poorly developed with long waiting lists. There was no infrastructure for dermatology or any funding available for staff expansion. Although two to three consultants would normally be needed to serve such a high population, Dr Memon set out to develop a state-of-the-art service.

Although the staff level has risen, the team has had to be innovative to meet the workload. Nurse multi-tasking was introduced to free doctors’ time. Nurse-led activities include triaging, dermatological surgery, telephone follow-up, skin cancer follow-up and drug monitoring.

Dr Memon developed close working relationships with primary care trusts, which resulted in primary care trust funding for five GPs with special interests. This has reduced the number of non-urgent patients being seen at hospital, which cut waiting lists and freed hospital time for more complicated cases.

Dr Memon says: ‘I also work alongside other consultants and provide five multidisciplinary clinics offering joint expertise to patients. Patients are booked into these directly. It saves a trip to two different consultants and reduces waiting times.’

The rest of the Dermatology team are: Dr Tapati Sinha, Staff Grade; Sue Wood, Departmental Manager, dermatology specialist nurse and cancer specialist nurse: Jackie Taylor, Claire Rapaport and Gill Simpson; and Clinical Assistants Dr Rory Kidd, Dr Sumanth Mukkanna, Dr Mike Stubley and Dr Simon Foster and Dr Natalya Evans. Health Care Assistants Susie Laven, Lynn Lea and Zelda Sutton, Secretaries Sharon Stevens and Christine Nicholls, Receptionist Satya Gudimetla and last but by no means least voluntary helper Marjorie Scarisbrick support them.

Pictured above are: Dr Memon (2nd from right) receiving his award from Eamonn Holmes together with Julie Wong from LEO Pharma, sponsor of the dermatology category and Charles Creswell, acting editor of Hospital Doctor.







Dr Memon with some of the team

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714