Getting a referral
Some birthmarks are complex and many of our members have
initially experienced misdiagnosis or incorrect advice. Early
diagnosis and treatment can be essential for certain types of
birthmarks, so to get help we recommend doing the following:
Book an appointment with your GP to try and identify the type of
birthmark. Ask for a referral to a dermatologist or birthmark
(Not all GPs will be able to diagnose the type of birthmark,
particularly with children. In this instance the GP may refer you
to a consultant paediatrician first, adding another step into the
equation. If you are concerned that the birthmark needs more
immediate attention, try and persuade your GP to refer you straight
to a dermatologist or ideally to a birthmark specialist
If your doctor is not sure the best place to refer you or your
child, you can always go armed with the centre name and address to
help him do this.
If the GP does not wish to refer you, ask for a second
If you are referred to a consultant paediatrician/dermatologist
and you are not satisfied with the prognosis, you should ask for a
referral to a specalist centre.
If you are finding you are not getting very far through this
process and you are concerned that the birthmark needs immediate
attention please contact us.