We are currently undertaking a review of all patients on our dermatology waiting list for an outpatient appointment or skin procedure. This is part of a national review instructed by NHSI/E. The need to create capacity to care for COVID-19 patients at MFT led to the postponement of non-emergency care, meaning that our dermatology waiting lists have grown and it will take some time before services fully recover.
Our clinical teams have reviewed our dermatology waiting lists to ensure that patients with the greatest need are treated first. We now need to validate, or confirm, our information by contacting patients to understand their circumstances and if they wish to remain on our dermatology waiting list for their outpatient appointment or skin procedure.
We are contacting patients in phases, by text message and letter, asking them to let MFT know their preference regarding their tests or procedures. By reviewing our dermatology waiting list and gathering this information we can ensure that we understand your most up to date medical needs and agree our next steps, whilst we prioritise care for our most clinically urgent patients.
We are sorry that your test or procedure has been delayed and we would like to thank you for your continued patience and support during this difficult time.
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