Phototherapy

Phototherapy Centre at Rivers Hospital

Phototherapy

Ultraviolet Light Therapy

Narrow Band UVB is a “sunlight” treatment used for various skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Eczema and Mycosis fungoides.

The service is carried out within the Physiotherapy Department at Ramsay Rivers Hospital.

All patients must be referred for treatment by a Consultant Dermatologist. 

Narrow Band UVB

Narrow Band UVB (TLOI) is a treatment using a very specific band of UVB wavelengths. This removes the more harmful ultraviolet rays and therefore lessens the risk of soreness and burning.

Treatment is generally given 3 times a week for 6 weeks, where the skin is exposed to the UVB light in a specially designed machine. This machine is like a cabinet full of fluorescent tubes, which you step into. 

The treatment dose is worked out according to your skin type and each session lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. This form of treatment has the advantage over PUVA as no medication or sunglasses are required. 

Generally the treatment is given with the patient undressed thus exposing as much skin as possible to the light. Goggles are worn to protect the eyes. 

Treatment Sessions

Appointments are available from 7.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday so patients can fit their appointments around their day. 

For more information

If you require further specific information about this treatment you need to ask your Dermatologist.

Please phone the physiotherapy department on 01279 602 632 for information about available treatment times and costs for self funding patients, Most major insurance companies cover Ultra-Violet Light Treatments.

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