Dermatology specialist to attend Donna Annand Melanoma Charity Mole Clinic

November 19, 2014

Islanders attending this month’s Donna Annand Melanoma Charity (DAMC) Mole Clinic will have access to an experienced specialty doctor in dermatology from Southampton University Hospital Trust.

Dr Stephen Hayes, a committee member and teacher with the Primary Care Dermatology Society, will attend the Mole Clinic, which takes place on 23rd November at The Radisson Hotel.  Dr Hayes has a special interest in dermoscopy for skin cancer diagnosis against the backdrop of rising incidence of all skin cancers, including melanoma.

The DAMC recently secured significant financial backing from local fiduciary business Elian, which will be used to fund regular Mole Clinics and to support the specialist training of local doctors and nurses. The Charity has already provided the finance for six local doctors to receive specialist training, enabling them to enhance and develop their skills relating to melanoma.

Dr Hayes said, ‘Jersey faces a significant challenge in dealing with high levels of skin cancer diagnoses. The DAMC does an incredible job of raising awareness of melanoma and helping people to recognise the signs. I am particularly interested in helping community doctors and nurses to achieve consistently excellent skin lesion diagnostic skills through dermoscopy, and look forward to working with the charity’s GPs to teach them more about this.’

DAMC Chairman Louisa McInnes added, ‘We are really pleased that Dr Hayes is able to attend our Mole Clinic. His dedicated experience will be a major advantage to islanders visiting the clinic as well. The extra financial support from Elian will enable Dr Hayes to return to the island in early 2015 to host training sessions to help our GPs further build their knowledge.’

To book an appointment please visit www.damc.org.je and keep an eye on the Charity’s Facebook and Twitter (@damcjsy) for further information.

Anyone who would like to learn more about dermoscopy can read Dr Hayes’ blog on www.dermoscopy.wordpress.com.