"Long wait to see consultant about potential skin cancer"

About: Devon Access and Referral Team (DART) Seaton Hospital

(as the patient),

I have been referred by my GP to a Dermatologist for a probable skin cancer lesion called a basal cell carcinoma. I had one of lesion removed in February 2010.

The earliest appointment by DART to see Dr G H Pitt GPSI-Dermatology is in late October at Seaton Hospital. This is a much longer time to wait for an appointment than last time. I would have thought that the danger of getting full blown skin cancer deserves an earlier appointment.

Meanwhile I shall be worrying about my condition over the next 9 weeks.

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Response from Project Support Manager - Devon Referral Support Services, Devon Access & Referral Team (DART)

Dear ‘electonics123’,

Thank you for getting in touch to let us know your concerns and I’m sorry that you have been worried.

I have checked with a GP and I have been assured that a basal cell carcinoma is a very slow growing lesion that does not require an urgent appointment and it is usual for BCCs to be referred routinely.

If you are still concerned, I would advise contacting your GP and discussing the matter with him/her as I’m sure they would not want you to be worried.

I have just checked and there are some appointments in Exeter during September and early October so if you were willing/able to get to Exeter instead of Seaton, please contact us and, if the appointments are still available, we will be happy to rearrange it for you. The booking teams number is 0845 863 0673 or 01626 883773.

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you want to discuss the matter further. My number is 01626 883702 and I work from 8-4, Monday-Wednesday. Our patient helpdesk is open from 9-5 Monday-Friday and the number is 01626 883888.

Best wishes,

Susan Pearce

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