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Dermatology referrals

Diagnosing and treating skin diseases


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Referral address

St John's Institute of Dermatology
Counting House, 1st floor
Guy’s Hospital
Great Maze Road
London SE1 9RT

GP referrals

All GP referrals must be submitted using the NHS e-Referral service (formerly Choose and Book). You need to do this within 24 hours of your consultation with your patient.

Referrals sent by email or post from GPs will not be processed.

Non-GP referrals

Please email the specialist service.

We aim to see urgent referrals within four weeks, and routine referrals within 11 weeks.  

Referrals from other hospitals must include a completed Inter-Provider Minimum Data Set or ensure that one is sent within 48 hours of referring a patient.

  • Emergency referrals

    If you need advice, an emergency patient review or to arrange an admission, please telephone the hospital switchboard on 020 7188 7188 and ask to speak to the on-call specialist registrar in dermatology. 

    This service is available 8.30am-9pm, Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm, Saturday and Sunday.   

  • Sending samples to our specialist laboratories for analysis

    Below are the contact details for each laboratory service. Each link will take you to information about a specific laboratory. 

    It is recommended that anyone wishing to submit a specimen for diagnostic tests should contact the relevant laboratory before sending.