What we do

The Dermatology Service at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) provides a service for those in East Lancashire with severe or complex skin disease and skin cancer.

We have six consultant dermatologists who are supported by a team of experienced and skilled nurses including a nurse manager, two advanced nurse practitioners, one clinical nurse specialist and five specialist nurses.

The ELHT Dermatology Team provide a number of specialist clinics and services including:

  • skin cancer clinics
  • skin surgery
  • contact allergy testing
  • a specialist topical treatment service
  • phototherapy (UVB and PUVA)
  • severe eczema clinic
  • severe psoriasis clinic
  • emergency dermatology clinic
  • photodynamic therapy
  • paediatric clinics
  • vulval dermatology clinics
  • male genital dermatology clinics
  • transplant clinics
  • combined clinics with Rheumatology
  • biologic therapy monitoring clinics
  • systemic therapy monitoring clinics.


We work closely with many other specialities within the hospital including Maxillofacial surgery, Ear Nose and Throat, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Rheumatology and General Medicine.  

How to access the service

Access for severe and complex skin disease is via the intermediate service (GPSI service) or directly from GPs in the case of severe skin disease.

Skin cancer referrals are via the 2 week rule pathway

Some referrals are via internal transfer in the case of complex or emergency dermatology

Where to find us

Dermatology Outpatients Department

Outpatient Department

Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Level1, waiting area 2

Haslingden Road

Blackburn BB2 3HH


Dermatology Department

Area 7, Level 0

Burnley General hospital

Casterton Avenue

 Burnley BB10 2PQ


Service Lead

Michelle Knowles –Senior sister 

Michelle has been a nurse on the dermatology department since December 2000. She is an independent nurse prescriber (V300) and has an interest in performing minor skin surgery. She came into post as the senior sister in February 2016.

Key staff

Dr Coulson - 01282 804819

Dr Hafejee - 01282 804818  / 01254 735406

Dr Owen - 01254 734364

Dr Shah – 01282 803650

Dr Kaur –  01254 734093

Dr Arun – 01282 804816 / 01254 735406

General enquiries

Dermatology out-patient appointments – 01282 804496

Burnley dermatology treatment room/minor operation appointments– 01282 804817

Burnley phototherapy department – 01282 804814

Blackburn dermatology minor operation appointments – 01254 733597

Blackburn phototherapy department -01254 733577

Skin cancer nursing team – 01282 803089

Biologics ANP – 01254 732542

Opening/Visiting times

Burnley Treatment room 7.30am - 6.30pm weekdays

Phototherapy 7.30am - 6.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Additional Information

British Association of Dermatologists Website. This is a useful resource for patient information leaflets and clinical guidelines




Dermnet New Zealand

Another useful resource for information about skin conditions and treatments.



Useful documents

Eczema guidelines

Emollient guidelines

Emollient leaflet