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THE SCOTTISH VULVAL CLINIC

Scotland’s dedicated clinic for the treatment of vulval disorders

 

About Us

The Scottish Vulval Clinic is a dedicated clinic for women with vulval complaints such as vulval pain or itching, caused by a variety of conditions including thrush and lichen sclerosus. 

These complaints can interfere with day to day activities as well as affecting intimate relationships with a partner. It can be difficult to discuss this with a friend or even with your doctor. 

At the Scottish vulval clinic we aim to investigate and treat the cause of your symptoms. Even if there is no obvious cause for the symptoms we work with you to help you manage your symptoms so as to minimise, as much as possible, their impact on your quality of life.

The clinic benefits from the expertise of gynaecologist Dr Simone Vella, who has a special interest in vulval disorders. The clinic also has access to a physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic complaints also working at BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

 

GYNAECOLOGY

DR SIMONE VELLA

Dr Simone Vella is a consultant gynaecologist, who helps run the tertiary gynaecology dermatology clinic for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

 

Services Offered

INVESTIGATIONS

SWAB TESTS

A SWAB TEST CHECKS FOR INFECTIONS WHICH MAY BE CAUSING YOUR COMPLAINT OR WHICH MAY BE MAKING YOUR CONDITION WORSE.

VULVAL SKIN BIOPSY

SOMETIMES A BIOPSY, A SMALL SAMPLE OF SKIN, IS TAKEN FROM THE AFFECTED AREA AND SENT TO THE LABORATORY TO ALLOW A DIAGNOSIS TO BE MADE. THIS CAN BE DONE IN THE CLINIC AFTER THE APPLICATION OF LOCAL ANAESTHETIC TO THE BIOPSY SITE OR ALTERNATIVELY THIS CAN BE DONE UNDER A GENERAL ANAESTHETIC.

These investigations are performed to help make a diagnosis and guide your treatment.

TREATMENTS

MEDICATION

OFTEN THIS IS IN THE FORM OF OINTMENTS APPLIED DIRECTLY TO THE AFFECTED AREA. OINTMENTS ARE USED IN PREFERENCE TO CREAMS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT CONTAIN PRESERVATIVES; PRESERVATIVES CAN CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS

PHYSIOTHERAPY

DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES MAY BE USED TO HELP WHEN VULVAL PAIN MAKES INTERCOURSE DIFFICULT

SURGERY

SOME VULVAL CONDITIONS MAY CAUSE NARROWING OF THE VULVA CAUSING DIFFICULTING WITH PASSING URINE OR WITH HAVING INTERCOURSE. SURGERY MAY HELP TO CORRECT THIS. REMOVAL OF PRE-CANCEROUS LESIONS MAY ALSO BE NECESSARY



We will spend time going through the treatment options for your particular condition to ensure that your treatment is tailored to suit you.

 
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VULVAL PAIN SOCIETY

The Vulval Pain Society is a UK Charity which aims to provide support to women who suffer from vulval pain

BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF VULVAL DISEASE

The website contains useful information about vulval skin conditions

ASSOCIATION FOR LICHEN SCLEROSUS AND VULVAL HEALTH

Support group for women who suffer from lichen sclerosus founded by Fabia Brackenbury, herself a lichen sclerosus sufferer.

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF VULVOVAGINAL DISEASE

The website of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease contains a wealth of useful information about various conditions which can affect the vulva

BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF DERMATOLOGISTS

The British Association of Dermatologists have produced patient information leaflets about the commoner vulval skin conditions which can be accessed on their website

 
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TOP 7 HEALTH TIPS OF THE SEASON

1. Remember to use a soap substitute for your vulval hygiene. Water alone can make the skin feel dry.
2. Avoid adding salts or bubble baths to your bath. Try adding your emollient with a few drops of lavender oil instead.
3. Apply a fragrance free emollient to the skin after bathing and reapply as necessary. Check with your doctor as to which is most suited to your skin.
4. Make sure you apply an emollient before using a swimming pool; the chemicals in the pool water can otherwise irritate your skin.
5. Avoid scented or coloured toilet paper
6. Use white cotton or silk underwear
7. Avoid biological washing powders as these may irritate your skin

VULVAL HEALTH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

The website has a useful vulval self examination leaflet which encourages women to self examine at least every three months. By becoming familiar with what is normal for you, it becomes easier to pick up changes

 

Contact Us

Address:


BMI Ross Hall Hospital

221 Crookston Road

Glasgow

G52 3NQ


Email:

Phone:

0141 810 3151

 

CLINIC DAY


Fri pm: Dr Simone Vella

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

221 Crookston Road 

Glasgow

G52 3NQ

 

Consultation Costs

FIRST CONSULTATION

£200

During your first consultation we will go through your history and perform an examination. We will discuss any investigations which may be necessary and a treatment plan.
Your first consultation will usually last around 30minutes.

EXTENDED CONSULTATION

£240

If you feel you need more time for your initial consultation please ask for an extended appointment; this will be for 45 minutes

SUBSEQUENT APPOINTMENTS

£110

At your initial appointment we will plan a return appointment so that we can discuss your response to treatment

Due to the ongoing pandemic we can arrange an initial phone consultation, if you prefer, though it is usually necessary to arrange a subsequent face to face consultation to allow examination of the vulva

 


BMI Ross Hall Hospital

221 Crookston Road

Glasgow

G52 3NQ


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