Dr Victoria Swale

Dr Victoria Swale

BM MD FRCP ICDP

Dermatology

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2 specialists

27 years of experience
16 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall
5
Bedside Manner
5
Explanation
4.98

Top feedback

“Very kind and helpful“
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Subspecialties

  • Skin Cancer
  • General Dermatology
  • Morphoea
  • Paediatric Dermatology
  • Vulval Dermatology
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3613678
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250

    Follow-up appointment: £225

    Practices worked at

    Platinum Medical Centre

    15-17 Lodge Road, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    499 reviews

    The Wellington Hospital

    St Johns Wood, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    213 reviews

    About

    Dr Victoria Swale is a highly experienced Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist (physician specialising in the diagnosis of skin disease). Her NHS base is at the Royal Free Hospital where she is a core member of the skin cancer multidisciplinary team. She is also a Locum Consultant Dermopathologist at the Royal Hampstead NHS Foundation Trust. She sees private patients at the Platinum Medical Centre, Wellington Hospital, The London Clinic, Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre, and at the Royal Free Hospital.

    Dr Swale is trained in all aspects of dermatology, including eczema, acne, hair loss, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, warts and other skin lesions and rashes. She has a specialist interest in skin cancer, moles and other pigmented lesions and vulval and genital skin conditions.

    She was awarded her Doctor of Medicine higher degree for her research into genetic aspects of skin cancer and moles. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals. 

    Dr Swale has been a member of the Dermatology Speciality Question Writing Group for the Royal College of Physicians since 2006; in 2019 she was appointed to the Examination Board for Dermatology. She was the senior judge for the British Association of Dermatologists' Annual Meetings in 2017 and 2019. She is also a member of the Council for the British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases; she organised the successful 2019 National Conference. 

    In addition to her clinical work, Dr Swale is very active in teaching both Dermatology and Pathology; she has been a regular invited speaker on several national courses over the last 10 years, and frequently teaches local GPs in London. She has been invited to Lucca, Italy, to teach on a GP course in 2020. 

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    Medical procedures

    • Skin Biopsies
    • Mole Check
    • Dermoscopy
    • Cryotherapy
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    Special interests

    • Vasculitis
    • Verruca
    • Vitiligo
    • Warts (Viral)
    • Urticaria
    • Skin Cancer
    • Skin Tags
    • Shingles
    • Rosacea
    • Rubella (German Measles)
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Rash
    • Melanoma
    • Minor Skin Surgery
    • Moles
    • Measles
    • Henoch-Schönlein Purpura
    • Hives
    • Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
    • Impetignised Eczema
    • Impetigo
    • Lupus
    • Fungal Infection
    • Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • Cysts
    • Dandruff
    • Dermatitis
    • Bullous Pemphigoid
    • Acne
    • Aged And Sundamaged Skin
    • Alopecia Areata (Hair Loss)
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    Education

    • BM University of Southampton, 1992
    • MRCP Royal College of Physicians 1995
    • MD University of London, 1999
    • International Certificate of Dermatopathology 2005
    • FRCP Royal College of Physicians, 2008

    Member of: British Association of Dermatologists, American Academy of Dermatology, Royal Society of Medicine, British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases

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    Reviews

    4.99 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Dermatology
    13/49
    General Dermatology
    10/49
    Aged and Sundamaged Skin
    7/49
    Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    7/49
    Skin Cancer
    6/49
    Vulval Dermatology
    4/49
    Acne
    3/49
    Mole Check
    3/49
    Video Consultation
    3/49
    Minor Skin Surgery
    2/49
    Rash
    2/49
    Skincare Advice
    2/49
    Annual check up
    1/49
    Melanoma
    1/49
    Mole Removal
    1/49
    Moles
    1/49
    Skin Cancer Screening
    1/49
    Urticaria
    1/49
    Verruca
    1/49
    Vulvodynia
    1/49
    Warts (viral)
    1/49
    actinic keratosis
    1/49
    peri-oral dermatitis
    1/49
    skin and hair issue
    1/49
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Eczema (atopic dermatitis) Rash
    Very kind and helpful
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much for taking time to leave the review, I appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Acne Skincare Advice
    Dr Swale was extremely understanding of the psychological impact of my condition and was empathetic and caring
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much indeed for taking time to leave your kind review, I appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    General Dermatology
    Dr Swale is the right person to have by your side when difficult situation arises. She explains the issues in detail and gives good guidance to solutions.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much for taking time to leave your thoughtful review, I really appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Eczema (atopic dermatitis) Rash Skincare Advice
    Dr Swayle was very friendly and immediately put me at ease on my first visit. I had gone to her regarding one skin condition, on my legs, but she examined me all over and found something else on my back, which required immediate removal. Had she been less thorough this would have been missed, and I am very grateful to her for this.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Vulval Dermatology
    Following three consultations with Dr Swale, I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is immediately approachable, sensitive and listened carefully throughout each interaction. She offered clear explanation, and valuable advice with regard for my general wellbeing beyond the immediate scope of the skin problem I consulted her about. She comes across as a truly holistic, as well as knowledgeable, doctor and I have no hesitation in recommending her.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Skin Cancer Aged and Sundamaged Skin
    I am very satisfied with Dr Swale's treatment.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Mole Check
    An informative and reassuring consultation
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Eczema (atopic dermatitis) Minor Skin Surgery Video Consultation
    Dr Swale is experienced, polite and well connected. She checks for serious issues quickly and refers where required. When a procedure is needed, her bedside manner is calming and reassuring. During the pandemic, she has been ever so helpful with video consultations and she is flexible and devoid of schedule ego. I can recommend her without reservation.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Eczema (atopic dermatitis) General Dermatology
    Great experience, finally had treatment that worked.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Skin Cancer General Dermatology Mole Check
    Dr Swale immediately makes you feel comfortable and reassured that you are in the hands of an experienced professional.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your kind review, I really appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Aged and Sundamaged Skin
    Excellent communication skills. Everything explained and made clear. Inspired confidence in me and would recommend Dr Swale to others.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your kind review, I really appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Vulval Dermatology
    Excellent. Dr Swale was very personable, and put me at ease. I came away feeling reassured and confident with her proposed plan.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your kind review, I really appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Aged and Sundamaged Skin
    I found Dr Swale extremely pleasant and was put at my ease. I would have confidence in being treated by her. She paid careful attention to all my concerns.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your kind review, I really appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    General Dermatology
    Kind, patient and thoughtful. I feel very confident being under Dr Swale's care. Highly recommended.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your kind review, I really appreciate it.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Urticaria
    I found Dr Swale really easy to talk to. She took the time to explain everything to me and made sure that she answered any questions that I had.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Vulval Dermatology
    I have been in the care of Dr Swale for over 10 years now with an autoimmune skin condition. She has always been kind, caring and very supportive towards not only my health, but also outside influences upon it. She is passionate about finding the best solutions for her patients and ensuring their quality of life is as best as it can be. I can honestly say that Dr Swale has gone above and beyond her duty of care as my dermatologist, she has been proactive in also caring for my mental health and overall wellbeing. I would highly recommend Dr Swale. Her knowledge and professionalism matched with her natural, caring personality result in the very highest level of care.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    peri-oral dermatitis
    Dr Swale made me feel very comfortable. I felt that she asked all the 'right' questions to understand the full history and picture and she also made sure I had sufficient opportunities to ask the questions I needed to ask.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    General Dermatology
    Couldn’t have seen a better doctor. The doctor was understanding, clear and very pleasant. She was very thorough in her examination and would answer any question in easy to understand language. She made the treatment options very clear and explained the merits of each option. Patient name: Luma khudhair Seen on 3/11/2020 at 11:00 a.m Condition: fordyce spots Note: I wrote a review on 3/11/2020 but was not published. I hope this one get verified and published ASAP
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    Dr Victoria Swale

    Thank you very much indeed, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a kind review.

    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Skin Cancer Screening
    Clear explanations, patient and approachable. No pressure but reassuring.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    Dr Swale very experienced and knowledgeable about my condition. I highly recommend her.
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    Dr Victoria Swale

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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 2 doctors for:
    2

    Dermatology

    Miss Elaine Scott
    Miss Elaine Scott
    Obstetrics & Gynaecology

    09-10-2020

    Dr Swale is an excellent clinician, who is also very kind and approachable. I have no hesitation in recommending her.

    For specialty: Dermatology
    For conditions: Skin Cancer, Dermatitis, Rash
    Connection: I have referred patients to them
    Miss Sanjay Kumari
    Miss Sanjay Kumari
    Obstetrics & Gynaecology

    08-08-2020

    Dr Swale is thorough with all her patients. I have referred many patients in the last few months. All of them were diagnosed and managed really very well with excellent outcomes.

    For specialty: Dermatology
    For conditions: Dermatitis
    Connection: I have referred patients to them

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