Public Service Excellence Award for the Pigmented Lesion Clinic (PLC) at SIVUH
On March 31st in Dublin Castle an award was conveyed on the SIVUH in recognition of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic. Submissions for consideration were sought by Department of An Taoiseach throughout the Public Service. In excess of 150 submissions were reviewed by an independent group, chaired by Ms. Marian Finucane. The SIVUH was one of 20 recipients who received recognition for Public Service Excellence from An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D. Representing the SIVUH were Mr. Gerard O’Callaghan (Chief Executive), Dr. Fergus Lyons (Consultant Dermatologist), Dr. Michelle Murphy (Consultant Dermatologist) and Ms. Margo Topham (Planning, Development & Strategy Manager). Dr. John Bourke (Consultant Dermatologist) was unable to attend. On the day and on 21st February in the Imperial Hotel, Cork, a presentation of our project was delivered. This provided the opportunity to explain our service provision and to take questions from the audience. Considerable interest was expressed by both health care and non-health care workers in what we had achieved. The following is a summary of our submission, which explains why and how the Pigmented Lesion Clinic was set up:
If you can spot it, you can stop it!
Concern was expressed regarding the length of time patients were waiting to be seen by a Consultant Dermatologist. Of particular concern were patients with potential melanomas whom, if diagnosed and treated at an early stage, have a significantly improved survival.
Our Objective for the Pigmented Lesion Clinic:
In just two years we have seen in excess of 2,000 patients in the PLC; approximately 30% required biopsy/removal of lesion on the day, of which 26% were a malignancy (all skin cancers and includes melanoma).
Future Plans & Research:
We know that the PLC works; it is simple and very effective and a model that can be applied outside of the organisation. A very positive impact has been conveyed on those who come in contact with the service. Considerable commitment and dedication exists in this project service area and congratulations to all who give their time. This includes nursing, clerical admin, portering, surgery, radiology and of course dermatology. This is an excellent achievement for all involved and particularly for the patients, who are the real winners in this project.
Margo Topham, Planning, Development & Strategy Manager
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