Skin problems affect more than half the population in their lifetime according to a survey by the British Skin Foundation. In fact, surprisingly, a quarter of all GP appointments concern the skin. Seeing a doctor who has expertise in skin disease is often the best course of action, which is where I come in!
This week I’ve commenced my new role at OneWellness, a centre which is dedicated to offering the Harrogate community specialist health and wellbeing services, including dermatological expertise from our newly-refurbished space in the Mowbray Square Medical Centre. I bring with me over ten years’ experience as a GP with specialist interest in dermatology, as well as my qualifications including Postgraduate Dermatology training at the University of London and experience as Speciality Doctor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Community Dermatology doctor.
Not only will I be offering my dermatology expertise, I will be providing my knowledge as a GP to provide a person-centred consultation. It’s my goal to ensure that every patient I see leaves feeling that like they have received excellent care, an ethos which I know is shared with my OneWellness colleagues. I believe in educating and empowering my patients with lifestyle advice as a way to manage chronic disease, showing patients how even the smallest of changes to their lifestyle can make a big difference.
The impact of skin disease on people’s lives both physically and psychologically is hugely underestimated. A troublesome itch can stop you sleeping, rashes can affect self-esteem, relationships and even confidence at work. I am incredibly proud of helping my clients regain their confidence and improve the way the view themselves – it is a huge privilege to be a skin doctor.
I also believe as a doctor it is important to spread the message of optimal health far and wide, regularly teaching other GPs about Dermatology and Lifestyle Medicine. Most recently, it has been a huge honour to have recently been shortlisted for a national General Practice awards for GP of the Year.
Along with my background and passion for what I do, I’m excited to get started to ensure our patients receive the best care and advice possible. The lovely team at OneWellness has welcomed me with open arms, and I’m joining them at an incredibly exciting time – the service is expanding as well as the team, making my dermatology clinics part of a new range of services for our patients.