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Your hidradenitis suppurativa appointment

Diagnosing and managing your chronic skin condition


Coronavirus: dermatology update

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Visiting us

This page explains what you can expect when you come for your hidradenitis suppurativa appointment.

Clinic locations

How do I get an appointment?

You can be referred to our department by your GP or another healthcare professional.

  • Changing or cancelling your appointment

    If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please tell us as soon as possible by calling 020 7188 8884.

  • Before your appointment

    Please bring to your appointment a list of any current medication you are taking including prescription medication, medicine you have bought yourself and any alternative medicines, for example herbal remedies.

    You may also find it useful to bring a list of any questions that you may have for the doctors.

  • What to expect at your appointment

    At your appointment you can expect to see a consultant dermatologist and a clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

    Doctors in training may also be in the clinic and may see you prior to or on behalf of the consultant. 

    You may see a number of clinical staff for different tests so please be prepared to be in our clinic for a couple of hours.  You may also be asked to complete paperwork so that we have all the necessary information at your first attendance. 

  • After your appointment

    After your appointment we will send a letter to you and your local health team summarising your visit. If you do not wish to receive a copy of your clinic letter then please let our receptionist know.

    You will also be advised of any follow-up appointments.

    You will be given contact details of your CNS team for any concerns or queries.



Contact details

St John’s Institute of Dermatology
3rd floor, Southwark Wing
Guy’s Hospital
London SE1 9RT

Tel: 020 7188 6279