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    Default Any recommendations for private derms in London who are good with rosacea?

    Hi there,

    After not having much luck with doctors being very helpful I'm looking to make a private appointment with a dermotologist in London and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for anyone who is good please?

    I know Dr Chu comes as recommended but his waiting list is over three months long and ive heard people talk about Dr Crouch but I already having ipl treatment so was looking for a derm who can prescribe medication to treat rosacea?

    If anyone could offer any recommendations it would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Not sure about the UK< but Dr Chu is a great drmatologist and knows hands down the most of every derm I have seen so far (over ten, all over Europe) about rosacea. He is very progressive with treatment options, mostly medication, sometimes laser. I'd say its worth the wait. He helped me a lot, but perhaps there are people from the UK here who can advice someone else with less long waiting lists? I would defo NOT go to dr Patterson in Danbury by the way.

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    hi there
    the waiting list you mention to see dr chu, is that to see him at his clinic in chiswick?
    I have seen him there before and waited similar times. might be worth asking your GP to refer you to see him at hammersmith hospital, you can request that as a patient. i only waited 6 weeks for an appt on the NHS that way...was expecting to wait months on end when i asked but the appt came through quite quickly. might be worth a go

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucy_nic87 View Post
    hi there
    the waiting list you mention to see dr chu, is that to see him at his clinic in chiswick?
    I have seen him there before and waited similar times. might be worth asking your GP to refer you to see him at hammersmith hospital, you can request that as a patient. i only waited 6 weeks for an appt on the NHS that way...was expecting to wait months on end when i asked but the appt came through quite quickly. might be worth a go
    Hi Lucy,

    Do you live in/around London, do you mind me asking? The reason that I ask is that, I tried this very approach with my GP but he point blank refused to refer me to Dr Chu. The reason he gave was that he could not refer me outside of 'the local area', when there were derms I could see locally....?! I live in the midlands, by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davem81 View Post
    Hi Lucy,

    Do you live in/around London, do you mind me asking? The reason that I ask is that, I tried this very approach with my GP but he point blank refused to refer me to Dr Chu. The reason he gave was that he could not refer me outside of 'the local area', when there were derms I could see locally....?! I live in the midlands, by the way.

    Hi Dave
    I live just outside of London, not far from heathrow airport. So whilst I'm not exactly in the area, I'm no more than about an hour away. I was under the impression that anyone could request to see a specialist at any hospital really, and it was down to their GP as to whether their problem warranted a referral. It may be that as you're so far away you local health authority would have to finance your consultation with Dr Chu, so you'd need approval from your local trust. It would be down to your GP or medical practice if its that, to make that request for approval. At least, thats my understanding. I could have it wrong. I remember Dr Crouch explaining something along those lines when I saw him, as a private patient, about patients who get referred to him at his laser centre from elsewhere in the country on the NHS. hope that helps. You may want to pester your GP a little more. Or maybe do some research about how exactly it works, perhaps check with some sort of administrator or finance officer at your GP surgery, then once you know how it works you can approach your GP again without being fobbed off!

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    What about googling Dr Chu (Prof. Dr. Tony Chu, Hammersmith Hospital) and bring along some prints of his expertise on rosacea and acne? He sees the real problematic rosacea patients, who don't improve with the standard antibiotics/creams. I would explain your GP how difficult it is to treat rosacea, especially subtype 1, and how little is known about controlling the flushing and erythema. See this link for instance (Im sure there are better ones out there though):
    http://www.skintherapyletter.com/2007/12.2/1.html

    It helped for me to finally convince my GP on this matter, when I explained how my skin feels badly burned 24/7, to explain all the things I had done about it by then, all to no avail, how this affected every aspect of my every day life and to bring such articles to make it clear to her that this is a notoriously difficult condition to treat, for those with more complicated subtype 1. And that your average dermatologist unfortunately won't go further than trying out a host of oral and topical antibiotics.

    I've seen over 10 different dermatologists and the majority has no clue what else to do about it. And honestly say so often. Your best bet, when you have bad rosacea, is a professor or a top dermatologist of some sort who has a specific interest in rosacea.

    I see Dr Chu as a private (abroad) patient and although pricey, I needed no referral letter. If nothing helps convincing your GP, you might inform about the possibilities to see him as a private patient perhaps. Or find a good derm closer to home perhaps, and hope you can find one who knows a lot about rosacea. I would then call around to several hospitals and ask if they have dermatologists who know a good deal about rosacea and have experience treating it with other means than antibiotics. Otherwise you risk ending up with a mediocre one who can't help in the end, and your GP might get fed up with you asking for another referral to yet another derm.

    All the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by nat007 View Post
    Not sure about the UK< but Dr Chu is a great drmatologist and knows hands down the most of every derm I have seen so far (over ten, all over Europe) about rosacea. He is very progressive with treatment options, mostly medication, sometimes laser. I'd say its worth the wait. He helped me a lot, but perhaps there are people from the UK here who can advice someone else with less long waiting lists? I would defo NOT go to dr Patterson in Danbury by the way.
    Hello Nat

    Did you receive the faxed prescription from Tony?

    Peter

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    Yep Pete, he replied the same days, something went wrong with the fax (my fault, they changed the fax number) and he sent me the prescription by email/Word and that worked well. Hope you are well

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    Ok good that you received the prescription and hopefully this drug will sort out the bad reaction you had. I noticed this thread the other day and would back up anything you say about Tony Chu as I still think he is one of the best, especially where rosacea is concerned. He is actually a Professor of Dermatology now as you might have noticed. I have a review with him at Hammersmith in early May and that may well be the last time I see him.

    Not sure how long he will continue to practise as he will be approaching retirement soon but maybe he will carry on as many experts in their field continue to do?

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    I really hope he will Pete, it's been a fear of me for years that he might retire anytime soon, arrggghh no please!

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