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New Treatment Room at FGH

Patients who suffer with skin conditions will soon have access to the latest high-tech treatment in a purpose-built new treatment room at Barrow.

The Trust that runs Furness General Hospital has invested £61,000 in new equipment and a treatment room so it can relaunch its phototherapy service to meet the needs of patients with conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and jaundice.

Work will start this week to create a new treatment room to house the phototherapy booth, which costs £25,000. It will be situated near the main entrance of the hospital in the former ambulance station in a new suite that will be created at a cost of £36,000.

A new member of staff has been recruited to carry out the treatment and will undergo training next few months on the use of the new equipment and safe delivery of light therapy.

The service was temporarily moved to Lancaster two years ago following concerns about the age of the equipment and safety.

Simon Glover, service manager for elective medicine, says the reintroduction of the service is a welcome boost for patients across Furness.

“When the service was moved, GPs had to refer patients to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. We were committed to finding a solution to help dermatology patients in the Furness area access the treatment they needed on their doorstep.”

Phototherapy – also known as light therapy – involves exposing the skin to
ultraviolet light for a short period on a regular basis and under medical supervision.

It has proven benefits for people with chronic skin conditions.

Julie Beckman has been appointed to the dermatology team and will carry out the treatments at Furness General Hospital. A further advert is out for a second phototherapy nurse for Furness General Hospital to ensure service delivery.

The service is expected to restart in November.