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Published on 21 April 2022

The Photobiology Unit provides a diagnostic and management advice service for patients throughout Scotland who live with UV-associated skin disorders (photosensitivity). The service is based in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

What is photobiology?

Specialist dermatologists examine referred patients for the diagnosis of photosensitive dermatological conditions. Clinical management arising from consultation, investigations and advice for ongoing care are also provided. The service additionally includes the investigation of cutaneous porphyrias – rare diseases that cause the skin to become sensitive to sunlight – with a clinical advice service. Cutaneous porphyrias often result in photosensitivity, blisters, necrosis of the skin and gums, or itching and swelling.

Further information is available on the Tayside dermatology website.

Lead clinician

Professor Sally Ibbotson, Honorary Consultant Dermatologist


Photobiology Unit
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School

NSD contact

NSD Specialist Services

Please note that NSD does not directly provide medical services and we won't be able to answer queries about your own care or appointments. If you would like to discuss any aspects of your care, please contact your primary healthcare provider. This might be your GP, Consultant, Nurse or other healthcare professional. They will be best placed to give you the right advice.