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Are specialist-led genital dermatology clinics a valuable and necessary part of sexual health service provision in the UK?
  1. A J Hartley1,
  2. M Hourihan1,
  3. D Paige2,
  4. A Williams1
  1. 1 Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of Dermatology, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anna Hartley, Ambrose King Centre, The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB, UK; annahartley{at}hotmail.co.uk, anna.hartley{at}bartshealth.nhs.uk

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Dermatological conditions constitute a high proportion of presentations to sexual health services. In 2009, Sashidharan et al 1 conducted a survey of the management of patients with genital dermatological (GD) conditions in sexual health clinics in the UK. They found that 42% of sexual health clinics have dedicated GD clinics run by genitourinary physicians, dermatologists, gynaecologists or urologists. Training in GD varied significantly and they concluded that there was no uniform provision for GD within sexual health clinics in the UK. Furthermore, in our clinic, we have noted that although coding clinical practice is a key part of financial remuneration, there is no specialist code …

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