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Dr Victoria Swale


Experienced Consultant Dermatologist
I am a consultant Dermatologist in London, both privately and in the NHS.
I  offer secure online video consultations as well as face to face appointments and some skin surgery. Prescriptions for conditions such as acne, eczema and infections can be created online, and the medication sent to your home by courier

I have a special interest in moles and other skin lesions, vulval skin conditions and skin cancers. I see adults and children for a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions.


My NHS post is at the Royal Free Hospital. As well as working as a consultant Dermatologist I am also a Dermatopathologist (pathologist specialising in the diagnosis of skin disease). I am a core member of the skin cancer multidisciplinary team. 


I put together my experience in Dermatology and Pathology in clinicopathological correlation to work towards challenging diagnoses.

I take time in consultations to understand my patients' concerns, and do my best to address them in a friendly and approachable way.

Mobile: 07598 898684 
Email:      or

Face to face appointments are available in a Covid-safe environment.
Video and telephone consultations are also available. 
Please contact Shelley at or 07598 898684




I am a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases  (Council member) and the British Society for Dermatopathology.

I passed the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) exam in 1995, and was elected to Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008. 

I was a member of The British Association of Dermatologists’ Therapy and Guidelines Committee between 2011 and 2016 during which time I co-wrote and edited the patient information leaflets on the British Association of Dermatologists’ website ( which are written to facilitate understanding of skin conditions.

I was a member of the Speciality Question Group for Dermatology from 2006-2016, writing questions for the MRCP exam.

In 2016 I moved to the Dermatology Speciality Certificate Examination writing group, also under the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians. 

In 2019 I joined the Examining Board for Dermatology. 

In academic Dermatology, I have been involved in judging at the British Association of Dermatologists' national conference for several years, chairing the poster judging in 2016. I was the overall chair of judges for 2017 and 2019, and again in 2020. 

I joined the British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases in 2016 and am now a Council member.

In 2019 I organised the highly successful Annual Conference of the British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases in Warwick.

My research into genetic aspects of skin cancer was awarded an MD from the University of London  in 2004. I  lecture widely in Dermatology and Dermatopathology on several annual courses and invited lectures. I have been invited to give several lectures in Italy in 2021. 


I set up the weekly clinicopathological conference at the Royal Free in 2004, and run weekly dermatopathology teaching there.

My NHS clinics are at the Royal Free Hospital (Hampstead). I see private patients at the Platinum Medical Centre, part of the Wellington Hospital (St John's Wood), The London Clinic (near Harley Street), at OneWelbeck in Central London and by arrangement the Royal Free Hospital. 

I have three daughters, the oldest of whom had severe eczema for several years. In addition to my training in the eczema clinics at The Royal London Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital, I have first hand experience as a parent of this distressing skin condition.

I believe in communicating clearly with patients and that the best outcomes are achieved when they fully understand their condition and are actively involved in their treatment choices.

To make an appointment or for enquiries please contact Shelley on or 07598 898684




I have worked as a Dermatologist since 1996, and started my Consultant (Specialist) post at The Royal Free Hospital in 2004. As part of my 8 years of training in clinical dermatology and dermatological surgery, I undertook a Doctor of Medicine higher degree, gaining my MD at the University of London in 2004. 

2004 – present
2006 - Present
2008 - 2022
2012 - Present

2021- present

Consultant Dermatologist 
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Locum Consultant Dermopathologist
Royal Hampstead NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Dermatologist
The London Clinic

Consultant Dermatologist
The Platinum Medical Centre, The Wellington Hospital

Consultant Dermatologist 

Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre, 290 Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood WD6 3SI

Consultant Dermatologist 

OneWelbeck Skin Health and Allergy,            1Welbeck Street, London W1G 0AR


I started training as a Dermatologist in 1996.  In addition to 5 years of thorough training in clinical dermatology and dermatological surgery, I undertook a Doctor of Medicine higher degree, gaining my MD at the University of London in 2004. My work involved clinical and genetic aspects of skin cancer and melanocytic naevi (moles). I took up my Consultant (Specialist) post at The Royal Free Hospital in 2004.

I achieved my Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1995. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2008. I was a member of The British Association of Dermatologists’ Therapy and Guidelines Committee between 2011 and 2016. 

I have worked with patients with unusual numbers of moles and genetic conditions predisposing to cancer to identify changes in the skin that could indicate an increased risk of cancer. This includes the ‘atypical mole syndrome’ in which affected individuals have large numbers of moles, several of which are atypical.

I am trained in all aspects of dermatology, including eczema, acne, hair loss, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, warts and other skin lesions and rashes.

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  • Almadori A, Zenner N, Boyle D, Swale V, Reid W, Maclean A, Butler PEM

            Development and Validation of a Clinical Grading Scale to Assess the Vulvar Region: The Vulvar Architecture Severity Scale

            Aesthet Surg J. 2020 May 8

  • Almadori A, Hansen E, Boyle D, Zenner N, Swale V, Reid W, Maclane A, Butler PEM.

           Fat Grafting Improves Fibrosis and Scarring in Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus: Results From a Prospective Cohort Study

           J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2020 Mar 19

  • Nasir S, Murray C, Swale VJ, Calonje E, Mazzon S

           Indurated plaques on the penis ​

           Clin Exp Derm 2016 Jan; 41(1): 104-6


          Primary and secondary intralymphatic histiocytosis

          Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014; 70 (5): 927-933

  • Rice SA, Swale VJ, Haque R, Rustin MH.

          Erythroderma in the emergency department

          BMJ 2013 Jun 13;346:f3613

  • Goulding JM, Levine S, Blizard RA, Deroide F, Swale VJ.

Dermatological surgery: a comparison of activity and outcomes in primary and secondary care

Br J Dermatol. 2009 Jul;161(1):110-4. Epub 2009 May 12

  • Yong AS, Singh M, Goulding JM, Swale VJ.

Follicular porokeratosis of Mibelli on the buttocks

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2009 Jan;34(1):43-5. Epub 2008 Jul 4. Review.


  • Suchak R, Benson K, Swale V.

Statin-induced Ro/SSa-positive subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2007 Sep;32(5):589-91. No abstract available.


  • Friedmann AC, Ameen M, Swale VJ.

Familial pityriasis rotunda in black-skinned patients; a first report

Br J Dermatol. 2007 Jun;156(6):1365-7. Epub 2007 Apr 17. No abstract available.


  • Swale VJ, Sahota A.

Severe vertigo requiring hospitalization whilst taking low-dose oral methotrexate for psoriasis

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2005 May;30(3):295-6. No abstract available.


  • Swale VJ, Saha M, Kapur N, Hoffbrand AV, Rustin MH.

Pyoderma gangrenosum outside the context of inflammatory bowel disease treated successfully with infliximab

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2005 Mar;30(2):134-6


  • Swale VJ, Perrett CM, Denton CP, Black CM, Rustin MH.

Etanercept-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2003 Nov;28(6):604-7. Review.


  • Harwood CA, McGregor JM, Swale VJ, Proby CM, Leigh IM, Newton R, Khorshid SM, Cerio R.

High frequency and diversity of cutaneous appendageal tumors in organ transplant recipients.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Mar;48(3):401-8

  • Swale VJ, McGregor JM.

Amlodipine-associated lichen planus

Br J Dermatol. 2001 Apr;144(4):920-1. No abstract available.


  • Swale VJ, Calonje E, Robles WS.

Case 3. Superficial granulomatous pyoderma

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2001 Jan;26(1):109-10. No abstract available.


  • Harwood CA, Swale VJ, Bataille VA, Quinn AG, Ghali L, Patel SV, Dove-Edwin I, Cerio R, McGregor JM.

An association between sebaceous carcinoma and microsatellite instability in immunosuppressed organ transplant recipients.

J Invest Dermatol. 2001 Feb;116(2):246-53


  • Swale VJ, Quinn AG.

Tumour suppressor genes

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2000 May;25(3):231-5. Review. No abstract available.

  • Swale VJ, Quinn AG, Wheeler JM, Beck NE, Dove-Edwin I, Thomas HJ, Bodmer WF, Bataille VA.

Microsatellite instability in benign skin lesions in hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome.

J Invest Dermatol. 1999 Dec;113(6):901-5


  • Swale VJ, Black MM, Bhogal BS.

Lichen planus pemphigoides: two case reports

Clin Exp Dermatol. 1998 May;23(3):132-5


  • Swale VJ, Spector TD, Bataille VA.

Sarcoidosis in monozygotic twins

Br J Dermatol. 1998 Aug;139(2):350-2. No abstract available.


  • Wardle TD, Finnerty JP, Swale V, Beer T.

Acyclovir-induced colitis
Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 1997 Apr;11(2):415-7

For more Information please feel free to contact me:

Dr Victoria Swale


Experienced Consultant Dermatologist
GMC registration number 3613678
Contact: Shelley Levy, secretary 07598 898 684
Email: or

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Privacy Notice: Dr Swale's practice is fully in line with the Data Protection Act 1998, the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements and the recommendations of the General Medical Council (GMC). 

Patient data is used only in accordance with GDPR and after seeking explicit consent from the patient.

Preferences can be updated at any time. 

Email is always sent securely in an encrypted format using Egress Switch. 

Invoices submitted to private medical insurance companies do not give details of medical conditions, but do include any procedures carried out. 

In the event that an invoice remains unpaid, data may be shared with other professionals such as debt collection agencies, but will not include medical details. 

We will not use information for marketing purposes. 

In line with GMC guidance, patient data may be shared with other professionals if it is necessary for the safety or wellbeing of the individual or others. 

Patient files are kept in secure lockable filing cupboards. Dr Swale's staff are trained in data protection regulations.  

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