This page has been created to support GPs using dermatascopes to take pictures to support their dermatology referrals. Pictures can be used in two instances:
A good quality picture will: aid in the specialist team's ability to reassure GPs about the dianosis of a lesion, advise a GP how to manage their patient within primary care, move a referral form from Advice and Guidance to an outpatient appointment, and potentially in the future, the ability to book patients directly onto surgical lists.
Please click on the image below to access 'Using the dematoscope- Gloucestershire GPs'
Dermatascope - Attaching the scope to the camera
Dermatascope - How to change the dermatascope
Dermatascope - How to move the base plate
Dermatascope - How to take the base plate on and off
Dermatascope - If you are struggling to take the base plate off
Dermatascope - Looking through the scope
Dermatascope - Taking a dermoscopic picture
Dermatascope - Taking clinical pictures after dermoscopic pictures
Dermatascope - Taking pictures for the patient
Feel free to save this link somewhere useful as it is a shortcut to all 9 videos.
Advice and Guidance (A&G) allows one clinician to seek advice from another. Unlike creating a booking request, where a number of providers can be selected, Advice and Guidance is a communication between two clinicians: the “requesting” clinician and the provider of a service (the “responding” clinician).
The reasons why a clinician may wish to seek Advice and Guidance include:
The requester is able to attach documents to the advice request, so this is where a good quality photograph taken with a dermatascope should be attached where possible. The consultants will then be able to review the photograph to aid their decision making.
Please follow resource link below for further guidance.