The Trust’s clinical photography and illustration team provide its clinical colleagues with specialised photographic and video services across the Trust’s four sites. Clinical photography is used to record clinical conditions presented by patients and is used for diagnosis or for recording a condition during the stages of treatment.
All photographers hold an enhanced DBS check. They are supported by a clerical officer who also, on occasions, acts as a chaperone.
What are clinical photographs and why are they taken?
Clinical photographs are to aid diagnosis, accurately record the progress of conditions and their responses to treatment, for research, confidential patient medical records, teaching of other healthcare professionals and publication.
Standardised views are taken of clinical conditions in line with guidelines from our professional body, the Institute of Medical Illustrators, allowing us to accurately record clinical conditions.
Example types of clinical photography:
- Serial photography – performed on a patient over a period of time to highlight improvement, deterioration, response to treatment or pre and post-operative views
- Diagnostic photography – of rare or unknown conditions to be viewed by other clinicians for second opinions, in order for a correct diagnosis
- Personal injury / medico-legal photography – carried out for Child Protection and clients of Solicitors, for use as evidence in court
- Scientific photography – infra-red, ultra violet and dermatoscopic photography of specific conditions (mainly dermatological)
- Surgical photography – during operations to document techniques for teaching or publication
- Other specialist photography services
Service times and locations
At the Lister Hospital, we offer a service for outpatients from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Whilst this is a walk-in, we do advise patients to book an appointment with us by calling 01438 284019.
We also have a Tuesday morning session at the New QEII Hospital, where an appointment is required.
Wherever possible, in order to obtain the best record, photography will be undertaken in our purpose designed studio. However, if a patient is unable to come to the studio, e.g. due to being an inpatient or feeling unwell, please contact us to arrange for a clinical photographer to visit the ward, theatre or clinic.