What is a Skin Specialist?
Skin specialists in Essex are either Consultant Dermatologists or Nurse Consultsnts in Dermatology and it takes many years of studying medicine and many more years experience in diagnosing and treating medical skin conditions for someone to call themselves a skin specialist.
Who is Sue Ibrahim?
Sue Ibrahim started life as registered nurse working within the NHS. Her interest in Dermatology began when she saw how much the psychological effects of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis had on lives of the her patients. This was over thirty years ago.
Over the past thirty years, Sue Ibrahim attended many courses aimed at nurses working within the field of dermatology. She has now reached the level of Dermtology Nurse Consultant, being able to prescribe and treat many conditions involving the skin, the hair and the nails.
As a Nurse Consultant in Dermatology, Sue Ibrahim is also one of highest trained nurses in Dermoscopy (a medical device that acts as an aid in the diagnosis of skin lesions, particularly skin cancers). She is trained in carrying out skin biopsies and she also performs minor skin surgery under a local anaesthetic.
Sue Ibrahim often works alongside GPs, advising them on treatment plans for their patiens. She also works alongside Consultant Dermatologists to provide treatments that are only normally prescribed under specialist supervision.
Highly respected by her peers in dermatology and in aesthetic medicine, Sue has won many awards for her contribution to the speciality of Dermatology Nursing.
Even with thirty years experience, Sue Ibrahim continues to attend at least 10 study days a year. Every six months she attends prescribing update days, aimed at keeping her up to date with the new medication that are being lisenced to treat skin conditions and those that are still under clinicsl trials. She also attrnds dermoscopy and minor surgery update days, which help to improve her skills in analysing skin lesions and performing skin surgery.
Appointments with a Skin Specialist
Unless you have a life-threatening skin condition, it can be extremely difficult to see a Skin Specialist on the NHS, particularly in you live in Essex or Kent. Unless you have private medical insurance, going to see a consultant dermatologist privately can cost between £200-£400 in London and Essex. However, at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, a 45 minute dermatology consultation with Sue Ibrahim, our skin specialist, costs les than £100.
If you have an existing medical skin condition, your dermatology consultation includes a general assessment of your needs and a discussion about the range of treatment options available, both at Elan Medical Skin Clinic and those available elsewhere. A treatment plan will be discussed and if agreed, you will be provided with a prescription.
Elan Medical Skin Skin Clinic is registered with The Care Quality Commission.