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On Friday 1st July 2022 clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) across the country were closed and were replaced by new NHS organisations known as Integrated Care Boards.

Therefore, NHS East Lancashire CCG no longer exists and has been replaced (along with the othe seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria) by the new NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Please visit the new ICB website

Dermatology

From the 1st October 2021 a teledermatology triage pathway will be launched across Pennine Lancashire for lesions where malignancy is not suspected or where there is diagnostic uncertainty.

Teledermatology triage allows dermatology specialists to triage new referrals into their service within 48 hours and decide the most appropriate appointment type for that patient. Teledermatology triage requires two good photographic images to be attached to the referral for the clinician to effectively triage the referral. If patients are required to see a specialist following triage, the patient will be contacted by the Community Dermatology Service to be offered an appointment.

Below is a guide for patients on how to take the best photos of a skin lesion or rash.

Dermatology Photo Guide for Patients