Introducing Centric Specialist Care Dermatology Clinic
What it is
CSC Dermatology clinic offers GP specialist services (consultations and minor procedures) to treat most dermatological concerns affecting skin, hair and nails. With short wait times, competitive fees and holistic approach – we pride ourselves in delivering excellent clinical outcomes as well as first rate patient experience in the community. GP referral is not required to access our care.
What we do
The scope of our dermatological services include the following four main categories:
General Dermatology (incl. all types of skin rashes)
- Eczema, psoriasis, acne
- Urticaria, pruritis
- Atopic dermatitis, allergic and irritant contact dermatitis
- Difficult to treat rosacea
- Undiagnosed eruptions and rashes
- Infective skin conditions, fungal infections
- Other non-urgent dermatological concerns
Mole Screening – assessments and procedures (biopsy, excision).
Comprehensive dermoscopic evaluation and diagnosis of pigmented and non-pigmented skin lesions allowing for rapid assessment with escalation to minor surgery on site (biopsy, excision) or plastic surgery if required. Cryosurgery for any benign suitable e.g. seborrheic keratosis.
Acne (incl. roaccutane prescribing)
Acne is one of the most frequently treated skin conditions in our clinic. We appreciate that Acne can be very distressing for our patients, negatively impacting not only their comfort and appearance but also detrimentally impacting mental health.
We take a 360 approach to acne treatment to include topical skincare treatment, dietary and lifestyle advice and the prescribing and close monitoring of Roaccutane treatment if necessary. Following a visit for your blood tests, all appointments can be conducted remotely if
preferred. The opening of our New Acne Clinic will ensure safe, convenient and affordable access to Roaccutane for all patients.
Minor Surgery is any surgical procedure that does not involve general anaesthesia or respiratory assistance during the surgical procedure.
Minor Surgery procedures include, for example:
- Skin tags
- Skin cysts
- Incision and drainage of an abscess
- Mole removal
- Biopsy of growths
- Joint injections
- Ingrown toenail removal
What to expect
Minor surgery is usually carried out on an out-patient basis. Prior to any minor surgery the doctor will conduct an initial consult to confirm a diagnosis and a plan for the procedure and gain informed consent. The only part of minor surgery that may hurt is when the local anaesthetic is administered, after this the procedure is pain free. The length of time the procedure will take is dependent on the condition being treated and can range from 10 minutes to a half hour or more. Your doctor will also advise if more visits are required to treat your condition.
After minor surgery:
- Should you have a wound, your doctor will give you instructions on how to look after it in order to keep it clean and free of infection until it has healed.
- You may also need to take painkillers to relieve any discomfort or antibiotics to prevent infection.
- After some minor surgery you may feel a little faint or uncomfortable and may need someone to take you home
- You will be given a follow-up appointment and you may also need to have stitches removed
For some procedures it is also normal to send off a tissue sample for histology. Your doctor will follow up with the results.
Our Clinical Team
Dr Ernan Gallagher
Dr Ernan Gallagher is the clinical lead for the Centric Dermatology Services. He has extensive experience in dermatology & minor surgery. Qualified with the RCSI 1979, vocational training in Southern Derbyshire UK, GP practice in Bray since 1984. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Medicine (Dermatology) UCD 1998, Minor Surgery RCGP 2005. He is a Committee member of the Primary Care Surgical Association and contributes as session Chairman and/or presenter to his medical colleagues on dermatological subjects.
Dr Lena Healy
Dr Lena Healy is a graduate of The University College Galway (1998) She completed her specialist training in General Practice in 2004 and appears on the specialist register of The Irish Medical Council. Dr Healy has sub-specialised in Community Dermatology since 2010, completing a Dermatology Diploma in UCD in 2011. She is a member of The Primary Care Dermatology and Surgical Societies in Ireland. Also trained in Aesthetic Medicine, she holds advanced certification in the delivery of dermal injectables and anti-wrinkle injections. She is also certified in laser and light treatments.
Dr Healy’s particular areas of interest and expertise include the comprehensive treatment of acne, inclusive of roaccutane treatment, the appraisal of sun-damaged skin and the management of pre-malignant and malignant skin lesions.
How to book an appointment
If you are a GP and wish to refer your patient to our dermatology service, please complete the Healthlink Referral Form (we are listed as a private hospital).
We also accept faxed or emailed referral letters:
Fax: 01 5240194 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have a GP referral, you can still avail of our dermatology services and book a consultation with our GP Specialist. Please book via the BOOK NOW button on our website or contact us on email@example.com or 01 2993555 and we will assist you.
How much it costs
- GP Dermatology Consultation - €150
- Surgical Skin Procedures such as cryotherapy, biopsies and surgical removal of skin moles and lesions range from €150 to €220.
- GP Dermatology Consultation with a Procedure on the same day from 260 Euro* (for appropriate presentations only)
- Monthly Doctor follow up consultation (for Roaccutane clinic) 100 EUR
- Nurse Consultation 50 EURO
- Bloods for Acne Reviews 40 Euro
** Please note that medical dermatology procedures are covered by many private healthcare insurance plans either in part or in full. Please contact your Health Insurance Provider for more information.
You may be eligible for a partial reimbursement of consultation costs if GP benefit is included in your private insurance plan. PAYE patients can also claim tax relief for medical health expenses by completing an income tax return.