Dermatology is the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases, including acne, psoriasis, warts, skin infections and skin cancers. Our clinics deal with general dermatological problems and include rapid access for patients with suspected malignant melanoma and squamous cell carcinomas.

Making an appointment

Referrals to the Dermatology team must be made via your GP. You may then be given an initial appointment with the Community Dermatologists who then make onward referrals to the Dermatology team at Trafford and Altrincham Hospitals; however patients from outside of the Trafford area can be referred directly to the Dermatology team. Patients with abnormal or suspicious lesion will be referred directly to the hospital for assessment.


Our clinics are led by consultants at Trafford General Hospital and Altrincham General Hospital. There are also twelve minor operation clinics held per week across the sites.

We also offer the following nurse-led clinics:

  • Psoriasis and eczema, Biologics and Systemic medications monitoring clinics run by Sister Lisa Galligan our Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Skin Cancer review and skin surveillance clinics, mole-mapping clinics and Botox clinics for underarm hyperhidrosis run by Sister Nichola Miller our Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Phototherapy clinics run by Bernadette Bradshaw and Verity Byrne our Assistant Practitioners
  • Cryotherapy clinic run by Bernadette Bradshaw (Assistant Practitioner)
  • Iontophoresis clinic for management of excessive sweating, run by Verity Byrne (Assistant Practitioner)

We also work closely with the following surgeons for benign and malignant skin tumours:

  • ENTskin lead – Mr Atef El Kholy
  • General surgeryskin lead – Mr Mahdy Borghol
  • Maxillofacial surgery- Mr Richard Lloyd

and have close links with Plastic Surgeons at both Wythenshawe and The Christie Hospitals.

Our team

There are two part-time Consultant Dermatologists (Dr John Lear and Dr Nicole Chiang) and six Locum Consultant Dermatologists, a General Practitioner with a special interest in dermatology, and two Clinical Nurse Specialists. The Trust have recently merged with University Hospital South Manchester and has been renamed Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT). As a result our dermatology services have also merged although they continue to operate in their current locations. The Clinical Lead for the dermatology service is Dr Janice Ferguson (Consultant Dermatologist based at Withington Hospital).

Contact us

If you have any concerns or require further information please contact our secretaries at Trafford or Altrincham General Hospital:

Trafford General: 0161 746 2381
Altrincham General: 0161 413 7783

Useful links

We are not responsible for the content of external websites.

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
A public section including comprehensive patient information leaflets on all common dermatological conditions.


Dermatology is mainly an outpatient service. Admissions can be arranged under exceptional circumstances.


Trafford General and Altrincham General Hospitals.


Clinics vary for each consultant and run during the daytime, Mondays to Fridays and most Saturday mornings. There are late afternoon clinics on set days during the week at Trafford Hospital. Nurse-led clinics run Monday to Friday 08:30 – 16:30.


Dr John Lear – Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Sanda Popescu – Locum Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Tariq Razzaq – Locum Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Jenny Shepherd – Locum Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Andrew Winter – Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Izabela Zelazny – Locum Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Vikram Rajkomar – Locum Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Nicole Chiang – Consultant Dermatologist

Dr Ann Kinney – GP with a Special Interest

Sr Lisa Galligan – Dermatology CNS

Sr Nichola Miller – Skin Cancer CNS

AP Bernadette Bradshaw – Phototherapy Lead

AP Verity Byrne – Phototherapist and Iontophoresis Lead


All conditions relating to skin hair and nails, including skin malignancies.


Most referrals come through Choose and Book.

Out-patient Service

Monday Trafford General Hospital – clinics and minor surgery all day.
Altrincham Hospital – minor surgery in the morning and clinic in the afternoon.
Tuesday Trafford General Hospital – nurse-led minor surgery in the morning and clinics all day.
Wednesday Trafford General and Altrincham Hospitals – clinics and minor surgery all day.
Thursday Trafford General Hospital – clinics all day and minor surgery in the morning.
Friday Trafford General Hospital – minor surgery in the morning. Clinics all day.