General skin conditions

We provide new and follow-up care for adult patients with all types of skin conditions, including skin rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin infections.

To assess your skin condition, the doctor or nurse will need to take a full history of the problem and a general medical history. We will usually need to examine more of your skin than just the area which seems to be affected, so it’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move for this. A chaperone (someone who helps to support patients during investigations) is always available.

We carry out several diagnostic tests within the department, including blood tests, skin scrapings, skin biopsies, patch and prick tests.

We might refer you to the Wonford site (0.5 miles away) if X-rays, medical photography or pharmacy services are needed.

Where to find us

RD&E Heavitree, Gladstone Rd, Exeter EX1 2ED

Department of Dermatology

Specialist community dermatology services for the area are based at Tiverton, Exmouth, and Sidmouth. They can manage a wide range of dermatology conditions. The services are run by GPs who also work alongside us in the dermatology department at Heavitree.

We also run consultant led community services at Barnstaple, Tiverton and Axminster.

Meet the team

Clinical Lead

  • Dr Helen Frow


  • Dr Peter Acheson
  • Dr Yusur Al-Nuami
  • Dr Rebecca Batchelor
  • Dr Chris Bower
  • Dr Alistair Brown
  • Dr Carolyn Charman
  • Dr Hannah Cookson
  • Dr Helen Frow - Clinical Lead
  • Dr Naomi Goldstraw
  • Dr Tom Lucke
  • Dr Emily McGrath
  • Dr Yong Oon
  • Dr Rachel Wachsmuth
  • Dr Penelope Williams


Associate Specialists

  • Dr William Willcock
  • Dr Josephine Wheeler


Specialty Doctors

  • Dr Charlotte Carmichael
  • Dr Helen Crighton
  • Dr James Wood
  • Dr Andrew Rosewarne
  • Dr Ayesha Shahid


Specialist Trainees

  • Dr John Frewen
  • Dr Catarina Quaresma


Dermatology pharmacist

Anh Nguyen


Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Team

  • Claire Facey – Lead CNS
  • Jo Short
  • Kate Allington
  • Rebecca Willoughby
  • Kevin Mitchell


Nursing Staff and Health Care Assistants (HCA)

  • Ria Taylor - Matron for Dermatology
  • Tracey Alford – Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Clare Parkinson - Senior Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Claire McKenna - Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Grace Campbell - Sister
  • Laura Warne – Sister
  • Heather Bolt - Clinical nurse specialist
  • Sue Dyke - Clinical nurse specialist
  • Kyle Poblacion - Clinical nurse specialist
  • Hooi Inn Neoh-Solman - Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Victoria Roderick - Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Romina Abuzatoaiei - Staff Nurse
  • Sam Saupe - Staff nurse
  • Patricia Garcia Arroyo - Surgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Kim Hill - Staff Nurse
  • Jayde Butler - Assistant Practitioner
  • Reynaldo Almazora - Senior HCA
  • Myrna Base - Senior HCA
  • Mandy Spinks - Senior HCA
  • Jo Thompson - Senior HCA
  • Bev Alford - HCA
  • Jo Vincent Senior HCA
  • Neela Hilton - HCA
  • Julie Beecroft - HCA
  • Danielle Hickman – Biologics Coordinator


Management and Admin team

  • Rachel Brooks,  Cluster Support Manager
  • Shirley Rickard, Admin Service Manager
  • Katy Watson, Team Lead & Waiting List Coordinator
  • Karen Hill, Team Lead & Waiting List Coordinator
  • Zoe Connor - Slot Administrator
  • Anne Jones, Team Lead & Medical Secretary
  • Karen Baker, Team Lead & Medical Secretary
  • Julie Tonkins, Medical Secretary
  • Ellen Hunt, Medical Secretary
  • Zoe Tippett, Medical Secretary
  • Rita Moore, Booking Clerk
  • Donna Tregale - Reception 
  • Joh Ryder - Clerical officer

Services and treatments

We offer a full range of dermatology treatments, including more specialist treatments, such as:

  • phototherapy, plus nurse-led skin treatment advice
  • photodynamic therapy
  • botulinum toxin for axillary hyperhidrosis
  • injection clinics for injectable treatments such as Omalizumab and Dupilimab.

Supporting you

Skin conditions can have a huge impact on your social and psychological wellbeing. It is important to tell your GP or dermatology doctor about this during your consultation if it is relevant for you so that we can signpost you for further help in this regard.

Locally, we work with Talkworks:

There are also links to support groups and resources for many skin conditions at the following website:

Patient information leaflets

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) have produced a number of patient information leaflets (PILs) to help you understand more about a particular skin condition.

They inform you what the condition is, what causes it, what can be done about it and where you can find out more information about it. Where possible, they advise you on what you can do yourself on a day-to-day basis to help with your skin condition. 

For accessibility queries related to different formats including large print, please visit the British Association of Dermatologists Skinhealth website.

Browse Patient Information Leaflets

Information for healthcare professionals

We have a dedicated section of the website for guidance, referral information and other useful information for Healthcare Professionals.

Find out more

Last updated: March 21, 2023.