Company : NHS Trust Foundation

Category : Cardiology

Photodermatology service

Our photodermatology team provides expertise on the effects of light on skin disease. Our unit has two functions:


Photodermatology service


For the diagnosis, specialist investigation and treatment of patients who suffer skin disorders caused by sunlight, eg:


  • polymorphic light eruption
  • actinic prurigo
  • chronic actinic dermatitis
  • cutaneous porphyria
  • xeroderma pigmentosum. 


We offer a highly specialist service including complex diagnostic testing (phototesting) which, due to its complexity and technical difficulty, is available at very few centres nationally. We also provide a national cutaneous porphyria clinical service, and a national xeroderma pigmentosum clinical service.


Phototherapy service


The Dowling Phototherapy Unit is a clinical unit within the Bermondsey Centre deigned to provide the full range of phototherapy, with ultraviolet light being used to treat patients with skin diseases including:


  • psoriasis
  • eczema
  • vitiligo
  • polymorphic light eruption.


The unit is fully staffed between 7.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday. In addition to all the regional and whole body therapies with PUVA, and narrowband UVB, we are also one of two centres in England to provide high output UVA1 therapy, a valuable new treatment for a different set of skin diseases.


Our unit is also acting as the hub and lead for a network of phototherapy units in hospitals throughout south east England.


The unit also provides iontophoresis, a treatment for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating of hands and feet) on Mondays 9am–1.30pm.




We have an active research programme as part of the Biomedical Research Centre, and in collaboration with the King's College London (KCL) Photobiology Unit.

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Cancer Care

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Children's Hospital

Kidney Treatment Centre

Orthopedic Hospital

Accident and Emergency

General medicine service

Adult allergy clinic

Adult community nursing team

Anaesthetic information for patients

Assisted Conception Unit

Bladder cancer services

Cardiology services

South Thames cleft service

Clinical genetics services

Critical care services

Dental services

Dermatological surgery and laser unit

Dermatopathology laboratory

Foot health services

Gynaecology services

Haematology services

Harrison Wing pharmacy

Interventional Radiology

Lane Fox Respiratory Service

Obstetric medicine service

Occupational therapy services

Neuro oncology services

Paediatric Dermatology and Genetic Skin Diseases

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

Paediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology

Paediatric Metabolic Medicine

Paediatric Rheumatology

Paediatric Urology

Pain management services


Amputee Rehabilitation Unit

Psychology services

Renal and Transplant Medicine

Kidney and transplantation clinics

Rheumatology services

Sexual Health and HIV

Sleep disorders centre

Speech and language therapy services

Vascular surgery services