Narrowband Ultraviolet Therapy

Skin Sense, in conjunction with Spire Parkway Hospital, are pleased to announce the introduction of narrowband ultraviolet therapy for specific skin diseases.

Narrowband ultraviolet treatment is an established method for managing patients with psoriasis, as well as difficult eczema, together with a variety of other skin disorders.

It works by reducing inflammation in the skin using very narrowly defined wavelengths of UV light to reduce the problems and risks of broadband ultraviolet light typically seen with sun beds.  It is effective with a fraction of the dose normally delivered by these commercial machines, reducing skin cancer risk and side effects.

Most patients attend three times weekly.  The patient is placed in a specially designed cabinet containing fluorescent light tubes.  The patient stands in the centre of the cabinet, undressed except for underwear and wears protective goggles.  Advice will be given to patients on additional protective wear depending on the location of the condition.  Usually, the whole body is exposed to the UVB for a short time (seconds to minutes) and the amount of UV is carefully monitored in terms of treatment numbers and doses.  A standard regime is generally used although there may be variations in protocols depending on factors such as the individual’s skin type and type and severity of the skin condition.  The skin may remain pale or turn slightly pink after each treatment and you should let your therapist know if there is any discomfort.

Treatments are administered by our experienced physiotherapists, using state of the art equipment and the dosage is individually tailored to each patient. The course is usually 15-30 treatments.

Patients wishing to be considered for this treatment will need referral from your consultant dermatologist who will then recommend the ultraviolet therapy if suitable.  In order to see a consultant dermatologist at Spire Parkway Hospital, an initial GP referral will be required.

This treatment is available to patients with insurance and those who are looking to pay for their own treatment.

For outpatient appointments, please call 0121 704 5527/5541

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