Skin Patients Forced to Travel

A LACK of consultant dermatologists at a Cheshire hospital has forced patients – some with suspected skin cancer – to travel to Merseyside for treatment.

Patients are being referred to St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust for vital treatment because of the shortage.

The Trust stepped in at short notice to provide the services and treatment.

Last night, an NHS source said it is Warrington Hospital that is suffering from a shortage of consultants, but the hospital was unable to confirm this yesterday.

Ann Marr, chief executive of St Helens and Knowsley hospitals, said: “The support of our excellent dermatology team means patients with suspected cancer will not miss out on the vital treatment they require.”

A spokesman for the Trust added: “This will not compromise the standard of services our existing patients receive.”

The patients will receive treatment at Whiston Hospital’s dermatology department.

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