Dermatology

Dermatology services focused on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the skin, hair and nails.

Overview

The Dermatology service at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the skin, hair and nails and also on the maintenance of healthy skin.

The Dermatology team includes seven Dermatologists who provide the very best in inpatient and outpatient care. The team specialises in providing both medical and surgical dermatology support for patients and the delivery of a swift and extensive diagnosis and treatment plan to alleviate / improve the patients’ dermatological condition.

The team have the skills, experience and equipment to perform a wide range of surgical and medicinal dermatology treatments. They also have a strong working relationship with the plastic surgery team in the hospital to help amend any skin disfigurements should it be required with well established referral pathways for photodynamic therapy, patch and skin prick testing, phototherapy, immunology and radio therapy.

CONDITIONS TREATED INCLUDE:

  • Acne Vulgaris, Rosacea, Scarring
  • Age Spots
  • Autominue disorders incl. lupus
  • Blistering disorders eg. bullous pemphigoid
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Genetic disorders
  • Pigmented naevi (moles)
  • Psoriasis
  • Scarring
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Cancers - Melanoma and Non Melanoma
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Warts

 

TECHNIQUES AND TREATMENTS PROVIDED INCLUDE:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Intralesional steroid injections
  • Laser
  • Phototherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
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SKIN CANCERS

Dermatologists are the main point of contact of referral for suspected skin cancer. Skin cancers occur in two forms – melanoma and non melanoma.

Melanoma

Melanoma occurs primarily in the melanocytes – the pigment cells present in the skin. It is normally darkly pigmented and can spread to other parts of the body if not treated in time. As a result, early diagnosis is paramount. Patients are normally the first to become aware of potentially problematic issues as the disease visually manifests on the surface of the skin in the form of spots or moles. Fortunately most spots or moles that appear are harmless; they lack the capacity to become so.

Typically suspicious moles are larger than their more benign counterparts, have irregular shapes with uneven borders and are different in colour to other spots on the body. Although less frequent than non melanoma, melanoma is a very aggressive strain of cancer, and therefore early recognition and intervention are vital for successful treatment.

Non Melanoma

This is the most common of the two and occurs in two distinct forms:

Basal cell carcinoma – occurs most frequently in people over the age of forty with those with freckled skin being most at risk. It occurs in areas that are most regularly exposed to the sunlight and other forms of UV Radiation. It is normally painless and less obvious than melanoma skin cancer, consisting of subtle bumps that may be pearly or waxy, ranging from flesh-coloured to brown and even pink or white.

Squamous-cell carcinoma – it also occurs in skin that regularly bears the brunt of the suns rays, often developing in skin that has been injured or inflamed. Old age and exposure to sunlight put one at greater risk from this cancer, which is found more frequently in fair-haired and fair skinned patients and reveals itself in the form of scaly, crusted, reddish patches on the skin.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If a suspicious mole does arise it is always better to exercise caution and get it checked by your GP who can if necessary you to one of our team of dermatologists. Melanoma is generally easy to diagnose due to its veritable presence on the skin. Diagnosis is typically via a skin biopsy which is provided as a day case in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin.

Once a biopsy has been performed, it is the result of this biopsy that determines the management of the condition. Treatment of the melanoma is contingent upon the depth of the tumour which may or may not involve surgical removal followed by treatment post surgically.

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Tony Egan
Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 041 9844489

Dr. Tony Egan

Consultant Dermatologist

Areas of Interest

Acne, Skin Cancer, Pigmented Lesions

Qualifications

M.D. F.R.C.P.I.

Appointments

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda Co Louth

Contact Details

  • Dr. Tony Egan
  • 6/7 Fair Street, Drogheda, Co Louth

Secretary

Lorraine Jennings
Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 087 3535769 Fax: 01 6991331

Dr Lorraine Jennings

Consultant Dermatologist

Biography

Dr Lorraine Jennings is a Consultant Dermatologist with a special interest in Skin Oncology. She completed her Dermatology Higher Specialist Training in Ireland and was awarded her CSCST by the Royal College of Physicians. She has completed sub-specialty fellowships in Skin Oncology in Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical school and Boston Medical Centre, Boston University school of Medicine. She was appointed as Consultant Dermatologist in Beaumont and Connolly Hospitals, Dublin in 2018.

Areas of Interest

Pigmented lesions

Melanoma and Non-melanoma skin cancer

Skin Surgery

Inflammatory Skin diseases; Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis

Genital Dermatology

 

Qualifications

MB BCh MRCPI

Contact Details

  • Dr Lorraine Jennings
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Fiona Keane
Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Dr. Fiona Keane

Consultant Dermatologist

Areas of Interest

Acne Skin, Inflammatory Skin Disorders, Skin Cancers

Qualifications

M.B., M.R.C.P.I.

Appointments

Beaumont Hospital Beaumont Road Dublin 9

Contact Details

  • Dr. Fiona Keane
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Sandra Kirke
Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 645 9444

Dr Sandra Kirke

Consultant Dermatologist

Biography

Dr Kirke completed her undergraduate medical education in Ireland and specialist dermatology qualification (CCST) in Newcastle, UK. She has worked in the public dermatology service in Ireland as a dermatology trainee and temporary consultant and now works full time in private practice.

Areas of Interest

She deals with the full range of dermatology conditions, in all age groups, with special interest in acne, eczema, psoriasis, vulval dermatology and skin cancers.

Additional Information

Referrals to Dr Kirke can be sent via Healthlink, posted to the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin or sent by secure email.

Qualifications

MB BCh BAO MRCPI

Contact Details

  • Dr Sandra Kirke
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Síona Ní Raghallaigh
Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology, Dermatology - 2 Dermatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Dr Síona Ní Raghallaigh

Consultant Dermatologist

Biography

Dr Síona Ní Raghallaigh has background in both medical and surgical dermatology. She graduated with honours from NUIG in 2003, and became a member of the RCPI in 2006. During her higher specialist training in dermatology she undertook a clinical research fellowship at UCD with laboratory work at the San Gallicano Institute in Rome. Her MD thesis, awarded in 2014, investigated the sebaceous lipid profile in rosacea. Other clinical interests include skin cancers and inflammatory dermatoses such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. She was appointed consultant dermatologist in Beaumont and Connolly Hospitals in 2016 and joined the Dermatology team in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin in February 2019.

Areas of Interest

Skin surgery

Skin cancer

Pigmented lesions

Inflammatory dermatoses such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea

Genital dermatology

Qualifications

MB BAO BCh MRCPI MD

Contact Details

  • Dr Síona Ní Raghallaigh
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Brigid O Connell
Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 6449696

Dr. Brigid O Connell

Consultant Dermatologist

Biography

After medical qualification ,Dr. O Connell worked in Dublin and London teaching hospitals and obtained her Certification of Completion of Training in General Internal Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin and U.K. She began her training in her chosen speciality of Dermatology In Dublin and London teaching hospitals.

Dr. O'Connell was subsequently awarded a three year Fellowship in Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology in Stanford University Medical Centre, California,U.S.A. D O Connell is on the Irish Medical Council Specialist Register in Dermatology.

Areas of Interest

  • Skin cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema/Atopic dermatitis
  • Pigmentary disorders
  • Genital dermatology
  • Cosmetic dermatology
  • Laser
  • Vascular malformations

Qualifications

F.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.P. (Edin)

Contact Details

  • Dr. Brigid O Connell
  • 2 Kingram Place, Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2

Secretary

Nicholas Walsh
Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 2064223 Fax: 01 2064230

Dr. Nicholas Walsh

Consultant Dermatologist

Areas of Interest

Pigmented lesions, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Cosmetic Laser Surgery

Qualifications

F.R.C.P.(C)

Contact Details

  • Dr. Nicholas Walsh
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Session Times

All day Tuesday

Appointments are made by contacting the individual Consultant's secretary directly. If you would like any help to make an appointment, please contact Medical Liaison on:

The following are some useful sources of general information about dermatology and support websites:

Irish Eczema Society

Irish Cancer Society

Irish Association of Dermatologists

American Academy of Dermatology

Irish Skin Foundation

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