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Harrogate and District NHS Trust


What we do

We provide dedicated clinics for acne, skin cancer, inflammatory dermatoses (diseases of the skin) and paediatric dermatoses as well as surgical clinics for skin cancer treatment and minor surgery clinics for diagnosis of dermatoses.  We also hold an allergy clinic for patch and prick testing; a phototherapy treatment suite for the treatment of inflammatory dermatoses; photodynamic therapy clinics for skin cancer and a drug monitoring clinic.


When we are open

Our clinical working hours are 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday.


Who you will meet


Dr Alison Layton

Dr Sharmila Das

Dr Benjamin Walker

Dr Roland Strauss

Locum Consultants:                        

Dr Natalya Angelova

Dr Rachael Robinson

GP with a Special Interest: 

Dr Kevin Jackson (Ripon Hospital)

Specialty Doctor:                             

Dr Ibtessam El-Mansori


Dr Lea Solman


How to contact us

We are located on 1st floor of the Medical Day Unit.

Contacting doctors:

Please call the Dermatology secretaries on 01423 553740.

Making appointments:

Please call Trish Tock, the Dermatology Co-ordinator, on 01423 553345 for follow up appointments and surgical appointments (8am-4pm, Mon-Fri).

Please call Sue White, the Dermatology Team Leader, on 01423 555364 for new patient appointments

Contacting the nursing team:

Please call Ruth Horne, Sister/Unit Manager, on 01423 553145

Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist:

Louise Binns - 01423 557476     

Dermatology Treatment Area:

01423 555839

Cytotoxic nurses:

01423 555839


Research and development

A number of studies are either in progress or about to start pending ethics and research governance approval. These include:-

  • Portfolio research

UK Dermatology Clinical trials include:

PATCH study – cellulitis trial examining effects of prophylactic antibiotic therapy

BLISTER study – bullous pemphigoid examining effects of treatment

PYODERMA study examining effects of treatment

Acne genetics study examining genetic factors influencing acne

  • Non portfolio research

Photodynamic therapy for leg ulcers

Photodynamic therapy device for

a)      acne

b)      photo-aging

  • National Institute Health Research Comprehensive Research Network (NIHR-CRN) & Research and Development (R&D) involvement

Dr Alison Layton is co-director for the regional CLRN and Trust Lead for Research and Development and can be contacted by telephone: 01423 553740

Related support groups / further links for healthcare professionals


Related support groups/ further links for patients
  •  The British Association of Dermatologists provides information in the public resources section which promotes ‘Healthy Skin For All’.

  •  The British Red Cross Skin Camouflage Service aims to teach individuals, who have to cope with a disfigurement, the simple techniques necessary to apply creams effectively, and enable them to feel more confident about their appearance. 

  • Changing Faces is a UK-based charity giving support and information to people with facial disfigurement and their families, and the professionals who work with them.

  • The National Eczema Society aimsto provide people with independent and practical advice about treating and managing eczema.
  • The Vitiligo Society offers support and information to people with vitiligo and their families.
  • The Psoriasis Association provides information to give a better understanding of what psoriasis is, what causes it and what treatments are available.
  • The Skincare Campaign is an alliance of patient groups and other organisations with a common interest in skin health.
  • Verity is a UK charity for women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).