Two Isle of Wight GP practices are using a pioneering new app, that speeds up how quickly a skin problem can be seen by a specialist.

Ryde’s Argyll House Surgery and the St Helens Medical Centre, are where it is currently being trialled.

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Through the app, a GP is able to take high-quality photographs of a skin abnormality.

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The app is linked to technology that enables these images to be securely sent to the dermatology service for review.

Specialists at the dermatology service, provided by Lighthouse Medical, review the images and decide on the way forward: a biopsy, a face-to-face appointment, or a referral.

GPs and specialist nurses have been trained how to use the app, which has been
designed and created by company Gnosco.

Isle of Wight Radio’s Iona Stewart-Richardson has been talking to Dr Kieron Cooney about the benefits it might bring…

 

As well as speeding up diagnosis, the app is helping to free up the time of doctors and nurses.

Dr Christine Seiger, GP at Argyll House Surgery, said:

“Having access to this app is great as not only do patients get access to a specialist
reviewing their case quicker, it can also help with the earlier detection of cancer and speed up the process for receiving treatment.”

Amy Poyner, clinical director of Lighthouse Medical, said:

“The time is now for embracing new ways of providing health care in the NHS.”

The success of the app is being reviewed by the Wessex Academic Health Science Network
(AHSN) – an NHS organisation that looks at how technology can help improve health
services.