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Day centre phone link for skin disorders opens in city.

A specialist centre to treat children with skin disorders and give homecare advice to parents has opened in Birmingham.

The Dermatology Day Treatment Unit, at Birmingham Children's Hospital, will provide treatment to patients with a range of skin disorders including eczema, psorasis and Epidermolyosis Bullosa - EB, sometimes known as butterfly children. It was developed with pounds 100,000 of government cash, aimed to ensure local services are shaped around patients' needs.

Minor skin procedures such as removing uncomfortable skin lesions will also be performed in the day unit. The hospital was awarded more funding in April 2002 recognising it as the second national paediatric centre for the provision of services to children with EB, a rare genetically inherited skin disorder which results in severe blistering of the skin. A nursing phone line has been set up at the unit, enabling parents and carers of patients to seek advice on medication and care, cutting down admissions.

Sufferers of a rare but debilitating muscle disease are being offered the chance to take part in a clinical drug trial in Birmingham. Doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, along with experts at the Guest Hospital, Dudley, are running the trial into myositis.

The painful disease causes muscle inflammation and weakness and in severe cases can lead to disablement. If muscles in the lung and heart are affected it can be fatal.

Researchers are looking for up to ten newly-diagnosed patients or those already receiving treatment as part of a national trial looking at about 90 sufferers. Information from Barbara Mason on 0207 848 5791 or e-mail
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 23, 2003
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