Leighton Road Surgery, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
1 Leighton Road
Leighton Buzzard
Beds LU7 1LB
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Bedfordshire Integrated Dermatology Service

Dated: 30-Jun-16


The Bedfordshire Integrated Dermatology Service (BIDS) is commissioned by the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), to deliver high quality dermatology services for patients across Bedfordshire.

We are a specialist provider of NHS services for skin related conditions, known as dermatology. Our support team provide an efficient referral and treatment service enabling you to be seen in a community setting with quicker access to treatment in a clinic closer to home and avoiding the need for a hospital appointment.

Further information about the service can be accessed on our website www.bedsdermatology.co.uk.

What happens when you are referred to the service?

The referral process:

  1. The referral is received by our service
  2. One of our team of Dermatologists (Doctors who specialises in treating skin conditions) will go through all the information your GP has provided. They will then direct your referral for the most appropriate treatment care for your skin condition to one of the following:
    • A face to face appointment with a clinician or dermatologist at one of our community clinics
    • A direct your referral to a hospital of your choice should the dermatologist specify this is the best treatment option for you.
    • A ‘teledermatology’ appointment – teledermatology is also known as Skin Photography. This allows a further assessment using specialist dermatology cameras.The further assessment may provide one of the following:
      • A treatment plan back to your GP. For example, with some conditions the information provided by your GP enables the dermatologist to provide specialist advice back to your GP so that they can continue to manage your care. 
      • A face to face appointment
      • A referral to a hospital should the dermatologist specify this treatment option after further assessment
  3. An appointment is arranged by the administration team within 10 working days of the of the referral being sent by your GP. Our dermatology services are run from clinics across the Bedfordshire area. A map of our clinics can be found on our website at www.bedsdermatology.co.uk.
  4. After your assessment or appointment we will inform your GP about your treatment and care. We will also send a copy of the letter to you.

To contact the service about appointments or general enquiries please phone: 0203 176 2459 Monday - Friday 9.00 to 5pm.

Patient Participation Group (PPG)

We are actively seeking new patients to join our Patient Participation Group (PPG). We are looking for people of any age, gender or background to attend regular quarterly meetings to discuss YOUR views and ideas on our dermatology services in Bedfordshire. To find out how to join and more about our PPG, please contact: 0800 500 3043 (from landlines).

Health Trainer Service

The Health Trainer service is dedicated to patients with skin related conditions to support you with information and resources to manage your skin condition better yourself. The service also provides talks to community groups who are interested in learning about good skin health and the self-management of skin conditions. If you would like to know more about the Health Trainer service please contact us by phoning 0800 500 3043 (from landlines) or 05511 434921 (from mobiles – charges may vary).


Should you wish to make a formal complaint about the service please email: bids.escalation@nhs.net or write to us at the address at the bottom of this leaflet and we will contact you within 24 hours of receipt of your letter. You can also phone us on 0800 500 3043 (from landlines) or 05511 434921 (from mobiles – charges may vary) if you wish to discuss your complaint.

Our complaints process can be downloaded from our website www.bedsdermatology.co.uk or mailed to you on request.

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