GP Care’s well established private minor skin surgery service provides the removal of various inconvenient or unsightly skin lesions for over 16s. The surgery is performed by a team of highly experienced General Practitioners who have additional specialist training and experience in dermatology/surgery.
The lesions that can be removed as part of this service include:
- Mole removal;
- Cyst removal;
- Lipoma removal;
- Keratosis removal;
- Skin tag removal;
- Chalazia removal (eyelid cysts).
More information on the removal of these lesions can be found in our patient leaflet.
GP Care offers this service from 9 clinic locations across Gloucestershire and the wider Bristol area, all of which are at established GP surgeries with good access and free parking, including:
- Henleaze - Fallodon Way Medical Centre, 13 Fallodon Way, Henleaze, BS9 4HT
- Westbury-On-Trym Primary Care Centre, Westbury Hill, BS9 3AA
- Almondsbury - Almondsbury Surgery,Sundays Hill, Almondsbury, BS32 4DS
- Yate - West Walk Surgery, 21 West Walk, Yate, BS37 4AX
- Downend - Leap Valley Surgery, Beaufort Road Downend Bristol BS16 6UG
- Little Stoke - Concorde Medical Centre, Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke, Bristol, BS34 6BQ
- Portishead - Harbourside Family Practice, 2 Haven View, Portishead, BS20 7BL (Available again from November 2017)
- Cheltenham – The Corinthian Surgery, St Pauls Medical Centre, 121 Swindon Road, Cheltenham Glos, GL50 4DP
- Cheltenham - Portland Practice, St Pauls Medical Centre, 121 Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4DP
We are working to extend our minor surgery service to more locations so watch this space!
Private minor surgery pricing is detailed below. We provide a one-stop appointment which includes a consultation and removal of the lesion, however, we do provide the option for a separate consultation if you prefer.
- Separate Consultation – appointment to discuss your lesion(s) with our specialist GPs - £95
- Consultation and removal of a single skin tag (no histology included) - £150
- Consultation and removal of small to medium sized lesion such as skin tag(s), mole, lipoma, cyst etc. - £375
- Consultation and removal of larger or deeper lesion - £400.
- Consultation and removal of chalazia (eyelid cyst) is charged at a lower rate of £275, including consultation.
If your lesion is identified as too large/deep to remove in the above appointment slots, our team will be able to provide you with a price for the procedure.
If you have a one-stop appointment but decide not to go ahead with removing the lesion after your consultation with the GP, we will refund you the surgical cost of the procedure meaning you would only pay the £95 consultation fee.
The full payment will be taken at the time of the booking.
Please note that our clinicians who perform minor surgery are highly experienced GPs NOT consultants or plastic surgeons, so if you are hoping to claim the cost of your procedure back from private insurance, please check with your insurance company before booking.
Booking your appointment
If you would like more information or wish to make a booking please call GP Care on 0333 332 2107 or alternatively email us at GPCare.Minor-Surgery@nhs.net, providing a telephone contact number.
Consider which clinic location you would like to attend for your surgery and let the team know at the time of booking.
You will be asked to provide an up-to-date picture of your lesion(s) which needs to show the size and location clearly (It is useful to place a ruler or measuring tape next to the lesion whilst taking the photograph).
Some cysts and lipomas require an ultrasound examination prior to removal and you may be asked to arrange this with your GP prior to your appointment.
Our dedicated service team is available Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm.
The majority of lesions we remove are harmless and generally no longer removed on the NHS. However, we would encourage all patients to check with their GPs prior to paying for a private service as certain lesions, including those that may be cancerous, are still covered by the NHS.
During the consultation, our experienced GPs will ask questions about your lesion including how long it has been there, whether it has increased in size, and details about how it effects daily life. They will also discuss your general health, past medical history, any allergies and current medication.
They will then explain the procedure and discuss whether there is a likelihood of recurrence and scarring, and how to prevent infection. After the consultation, you will be asked to sign a consent form so the procedure can go ahead.
We understand that any medical procedure can be a cause of anxiety. That’s why our experienced staff are there to support you throughout your appointment.
You may prefer to have a separate consultation appointment, this can be arranged at an additional cost of £95.
Please note that we are not able to provide child minding services for children accompanying patients.
Our Doctors use a variety of surgical techniques to remove skin lesions including excision and cautery. As it is a surgical service it does not include the use of cryotherapy (freezing by liquid nitrogen), or topical medications (creams or lotions).
The procedure sometimes involves stitches. The Doctor will advise you when to make an appointment at your own surgery to have the stitches removed.
The anaesthetic used is the same used for dental procedures so you will be awake throughout your procedure and can ask questions while it is taking place. You will feel an initial sting from the anaesthetic injection, it then makes the area being treated feel numb, this effect will wear off after a few hours.
After your appointment
After your appointment we will send your GP a written discharge summary. Although it is unlikely that your lesion represents a danger to your health, we may send it to the laboratory for analysis and let you and your GP know the result as soon as we receive it. Should you have any queries after your procedure our team are here to support you so please don’t hesitate to call us.
Patient Satisfaction Feedback
Your feedback on our service is important to us as we love to know what we do well and what we can improve on, we will send you a customer satisfaction survey after your appointment so make sure to let us know what you thought!
There is an extremely low risk of post-operative infection for this type of surgery. You will be given advice about how to care for your wound. If you experience symptoms such as redness and heat on the lesion or begin to feel unwell please contact your GP as soon as possible.
Most scars will be pale but occasionally they can become pigmented or darkened. Scars will usually fade but can persist. The degree of scarring depends on your age, where the lesion is and whether there is infection.
There is a very small risk that the lesion may return after treatment. This can occur with any lesion but is most common with epidermal or sebaceous cysts and lipomas. This will be discussed during the consultation.
If you are not satisfied with any aspect of our service, please discuss this directly with the clinician at your appointment, or contact our Clinical Matron, Jackie Adams by post at GP Care UK Limited, Christchurch Medical Centre, North Street, Downend, Bristol, BS16 5SG. Alternatively call us on 0333 332 2100 or email us at GPCare.Minor-Surgery@nhs.net