The Photobiology Unit was established in 1973 to meet the clinical needs of patients with suspected or confirmed photosensitivity in Scotland. The National Photodiagnostic Service is accessed by consultant dermatologists from all Health Boards in Scotland and is the only such service available in Scotland. The Unit additionally provides the National Cutaneous Porphyria Service, offering laboratory investigations and advice for patients with this group of diseases. We also offer an extensive range of phototherapeutic options and the Managed Clinical Network for Phototherapy in Scotland (Photonet) was developed here.
The Scottish Photobiology Unit is part of ERN Skin, the European Reference Network for rare or low prevalence complex Skin Disorders. and we are the collaborative centre with NHS England Highly Specialist Xeroderma Pigmentosum Services based in London. We additionally coordinate and lead the Scottish Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Centre and we are the first centre to receive Euro-PDT Centre of Excellence accreditation. The Unit comprises a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, scientists, nurses, technologists, post doctoral researchers, PhD and MSc students.