For Patients and Visitors
What is the Dermatology Service?
The Dermatology Unit is staffed by a group of specialist doctors who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the skin.
The skin is the largest organ of your body and there is a wide range of problems that are treated, including cancers (melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, lymphoma, etc.) precancerous lesions, acne, eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, contact dermatitis, drug reactions, infections, vitiligo and other autoimmune diseases (lupus, dermatomyositis).
- Narrow band UVB phototherapy is provided when required.
- We do not remove benign lesions (moles, age spots, skin tags, etc) on cosmetic grounds.
What can I expect from the service?
You will be seen in the clinic by a specialist doctor, who will assess your problem.
An Interpreter service is provided by the hospital if required.
If necessary, a skin biopsy will be taken and blood tests might also be ordered. If you have a skin cancer, this will be removed in the clinic if possible (generally on the same day) or you will be referred to the Plastic Surgery Unit. If you need to see a specialist in another department, this will be arranged.
The doctor will prescribe treatment and will send a letter to your referring doctor. The doctor will also arrange a review appointment for you if necessary.
How to refer to the service?
A referral is required. Please visit your GP clinic to see if you need to see a Dermatologist.
What do I bring/need for my appointment?
Please bring with you:
- A list of all the medicines that you take.
- The name and clinic address of your current General Practitioner.
- Any recent investigations (tests, scans or results)
How much does it cost?
There is no cost for your visit or for most pathology tests if you have a Medicare card or Department of Veterans Affairs card. A charge will be levied if you do not have one of these cards. Prescribed medications can be obtained from the hospital pharmacy or your local pharmacy and there may be a charge for those.
Phone: 8405 8335
For Health Professionals
The Dermatology Unit assesses and treats most skin conditions, with referral to other professionals if indicated. Skin cancers and suspected skin cancers will be biopsied, treated or excised in the clinic if possible, or referred to the Plastic Surgery unit. Phototherapy is provided for appropriate conditions.
- Benign naevi, seborrhoeic keratosis, skin tags, warts, etc requiring removal on cosmetic grounds are not treated in the Unit.
How to Refer:
All referrals to Northern Health should be sent to:
For detailed referral criteria and required supporting information please see HealthPathways Melbourne via the link below:
Referrals must include
- Reason for referral
- Working diagnosis
- Medical history – current and relevant past
- Current medications
- Relevant Investigations and pathology: please include reports and histology
- Current management of condition and response to this
If the referral is for a skin lesion, please include a photograph or biopsy report, to facilitate triage.
Head of Unit:
Dr C J Meehan, FRACP, FACD.
To discuss Urgent Referrals to clinic contact the Dermatology Registrar via Northern Health switchboard 8405 8000