St John's Institute of Dermatology began life in 1863 as a skin diseases hospital and a postgraduate teaching institute. Both entities relocated in the 1980s to St Thomas' Hospital, when they were also formally joined and renamed St John's Institue of Dermatology.
There are five highly specialised laboratory services dedicated to the diagnosis and management of skin disease within St John's:
The Immunodermatology Laboratory uses immunofluorescence, immunoelectron microscopy, and other techniques to aid in the evaluation of patients with suspected or established cutaneous autoimmune disease.... [more]
St John's Dermatopathology is the largest dedicated skin pathology centre in the UK with vast experience in complex and rare cases.... [more]
The laboratory provides skin biopsy and gene mutation analysis for patients with the inherited forms of skin fragility or blistering known as epidermolysis bullosa (EB).... [more]
The Skin Tumour Unit is a tertiary referral centre for all forms of primary cutaneous lymphoma and malignant melanoma.... [more]
The unit primarily sees patients from within St John's, but also runs one of the largest direct access postal diagnostic services for superficial mycoses in the country.... [more]