Dr Ciara Kelly
Host of the Pso Let’s Talk Psoriasis video and podcast series
For many people living with psoriasis, access to specialist dermatology care is a critical step in taking control of their condition, but many are experiencing significant delays.
People living with skin conditions, including psoriasis, are experiencing some of Ireland’s longest delays to access the specialist care they desperately need. There are 39,324 people waiting to access dermatology services, with 30% (12,118) waiting more than 12 months, according to the latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund.
Finding psoriasis support
Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic inflammatory skin disorder that affects at least 73,000 people in Ireland. It is an immune condition that causes symptoms on the skin and, sometimes, the joints. PsO Let’s Talk Psoriasis, a video and podcast series by Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, aims to support and empower people living with psoriasis as they await access to vital healthcare services.
Hosted by broadcaster Dr Ciara Kelly, PsO Let’s Talk Psoriasisis the first series of its kind designed to bridge this gap in support, by providing access to expert guidance from leading Irish dermatologists and healthcare professionals to help people manage their psoriasis while they wait to access specialist care.
Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic inflammatory skin disorder that affects at least 73,000 people in Ireland.
Hear from professionals
Professor Brian Kirby, Consultant Dermatologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, who features in the series,says: “The key for a person who is newly diagnosed with psoriasis is to understand that with access to modern therapies, 99% of psoriasis patients can have their disease controlled adequately. While waiting lists continue to be an issue that has worsened through the Covid-19 pandemic, people living with psoriasis can take steps to manage their condition while they wait. This video and podcast series can provide vital information — in an accessible format — from the healthcare professionals they are waiting to see.”
Content for the four episodes has been informed by feedback from people living with psoriasis in Ireland who highlight the need for information and support during the long waiting times. It also highlights the need for greater education on the associated possibility of developing a related inflammatory form of arthritis — psoriatic arthritis.