No referral is required although if you have a referral from your GP please bring it along with you to your appointment.
Elixir @ Hunter Skin cancer clinic is a purpose-built skin cancer and cosmetic clinic, with two operating rooms, a dressing room and a modern laser and cosmetic room. We have parking available for patients at the rear of the clinic, and there is plenty of street side parking in the area and in the sports oval directly across the road from our clinic.
Our skin cancer clinic Hunter Valley is open from Monday to Saturday.
Lean more about our doctors (Dr. Retaish Karwal and Dr. Shalu Sing).
The doctors at our clinic are GPs with special interest in Skin cancer management, Cosmetic dermatology and General dermatology. They are passionate about early diagnosis and management of skin cancer, and about anti-aging medicine to keep the skin looking young and healthy.
We are located in the heart of Maitland, New South Wales and we treat patients in the Hunter Valley and surrounding areas including Newcastle.
Full body skin checkups and spot or mole checkups for melanoma and other types of skin cancers like Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma, Keratoacanthoma. Our doctors will take a full history and listen to any specific concerns that you have. You will then be thoroughly examined for any skin cancers and the doctor will discuss the findings with you. The doctors will discuss the management plan with you and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the management plan. The doctors will also advise how often you will need regular skin checkup in future depending on the history and examination findings.
Biopsies and excisions to diagnose skin cancers. Most skin cancers can be diagnosed based on clinical and dermoscopic examination of lesions. Biopsies are sometimes required to confirm the presence of skin cancers. A small skin biopsy is sometimes required to confirm non-melanoma skin cancers whereas larger excision biopsies are usually required to confirm melanoma skin cancers.
Digital monitoring of suspicious skin lesions. Some skin lesions with low suspicion can be monitored digitally. We will take the photographs of low suspicious lesions and save them in the respective patient’s files, and they can be followed up every few weeks or months as needed to see the progression. We use dermatoscope and dermasensor to diagnose and classify the lesion as a high risk or low risk lesion, and plan their management accordingly. A dermasensor is a hand held device and it enables early detection of high risk lesions through non invasive optical spectroscopy. A dermatoscope magnifies the lesion by 10 times and can be used in a polarised mode or non polarised mode to diagnose the lesion. The camera can be attached to the dermatoscope to take magnified images which can be monitored digitally over a period of time.
Definite treatment of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancers. A range of surgical and non surgical treatment options are available for skin cancers depending on the diagnosis. Most of the skin cancers can be successfully treated at our clinic without the need for referral to another specialist centre. We can do all forms of skin cancer surgery which is possible under local anaesthesia including skin grafts and skin flaps repairs. In case the skin cancer management plan is complicated and needs further management at the hospital, we will be able to refer the patients to the local Melanoma Centre or any of the local plastic surgeons.
Definite treatment of precancerous skin lesions using appropriate treatment methods. The pre-cancerous lesions can be treated with the use of topical creams or with minor surgical procedures or with ablative laser depending on the type, size, depth and location of these lesions.
Skin cancer education. We are happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding skin cancer during your consultation. We have education materials published by the Melanoma Institute Australia for you to take home with you after your treatment. Learn more about how to detect early signs of skin cancer.