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Published on 24 November 2020

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

NSD contact

Senior Programme Manager, Garrick Wagner – – 0131 2756385


Photobiology Unit
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School