Welcome to Spot Diagnosis.
Dr. Doug Smith
M.B., B.S., FRNZCGP
Diploma of Practical Dermatology
Australian Diploma of Dermoscopy
A unique service in the centre of Nelson: Specialising in Dermatology and Skin Cancer treatment. This includes Full Body Mole Checking, Digital Mole Mapping, Melanoma, Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Mole removal. These services are offered at a more affordable rate.
How is Spot Diagnosis different from specialist dermatology services and plastic surgeons?
You do not need a referral from your GP – patients will be seen within one to two days!
Affordable services – Fees are 30% more affordable than other providers in the area.
Unrivalled credentials – I have been an affiliate of the Newcastle Melanoma Unit since 1994.
More than moles…
Skin is visible and contributes to an individual’s sense of self and wellbeing.
Dermatology is here at Spot Diagnosis to improve the diagnosis and treatment of spots, rashes, acne, itches… warts and all.
Acne: The treatment may be quite complex and expensive. Not all GPs have my experience, and are not comfortable treating with more powerful drugs like Isotretinoin.
Eczema, tinea and psoriasis are often confused. Too often time, and funds, are wasted continuing to manage skin conditions without a clear diagnosis and plan for management.
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Services We Offer
We have a wide range of options for skin cancer treatment including Surgery, Diathermy, Cautery, Cryotherapy with Liquid Nitrogen sprays and probes treatment and the prescription of topical creams for Skin Cancers.
At Spot Diagnosis, your comprehensive skin cancer examination is performed by a doctor – so there’s no waiting for an appointment to discuss the results or treatment options and no additional fees.
Digital imaging is completed on-site and archiving of suspicious lesions with dermoscopy is available at a modest fee.
Review visits, or referral you back to your own General Practitioner or on to Private Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, Cosmetic Practitioners and hospital Outpatients Departments. The choice is yours!
My youth was spent in the surfing capital of Australia, North Narrabeen, Sydney. This fact coupled with a pale complexion means that I have always been conscious of the sun’s damaging rays.
I originally started Spot Diagnosis in Christchurch after moving there in the early 2000s with my wife and three sons. The goal was to set up deliver an expert, yet affordable, service in the early detection of skin cancers, mole removal, acne and skin treatment.
However, the earthquakes in 2011 changed my life. My business was sadly moved to the 4th Floor of the CTV Building, where 13 friends and colleagues were tragically killed on 22 February 2011. I subsequently returned to Australia and for five years worked exclusively in Skin Cancer Treatment.
Nelson is my home port now. My leisure time sailing, skiing and surfing.
I look forward to meeting and helping the wider community with their skin related concerns.
I have over 35 years of experience in Medical Practice with a particular focus on Skin Conditions and Skin Cancer management.
- 1979 – University of New South Wales – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
- 1979 – Registered as Medical Practitioner in NSW, Australia
- 1990 – Shared Obstetric Care Course, The Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute (Newcastle, NSW, Australia)
- 1994 – Affiliate of the Newcastle Melanoma Unit (NSW, Australia)
- 2002 – Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- 2003 – Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
- 2005 – Diploma in Practical Dermatology, Cardiff University
- 2006 – Appointed Honorary Teaching Associate in Dermatology, Cardiff University
- 2008 – Diploma of Dermoscopy, Skin Cancer College Australasia
- 2008 – Australian Diploma of Dermoscopy
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