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Our next half day closure is on WED 16th OCTOBER 2019 when we close at 2.00pm for training purposes. If you require urgent medical assistance which cannot wait until the surgery re-opens please dial 111 to be directed to the local service that can help you best.  The next half day closure is on Thurs 7th November 2019.


Cryotherapy Update

Bridge Surgery Cryotherapy Update

We have run a liquid nitrogen cryotherapy clinic at the surgery for many years. A recent review article in the British Medical Journal reviewed the use of different treatments for warts and verrucas, and concluded that the best treatment remains the application of topical salicylic acid (such as bazuka, salactac or the many others that are available from your pharmacist). The authors advise soaking the wart in warm water for a few minutes, then paring it down with a nail file and applying a salicylic acid preparation daily for 12 weeks. If this is ineffective then cryotherapy was shown to help clear warts, but not verrucas. This would fit with our experience in the surgery, as many verrucas respond only very slowly if at all.

We plan therefore to change our practice for new patients attending the cryotherapy clinic and will treat patients with warts only after the application of topical salicylic acid for 12 weeks, and not treat any new patients with verrucas. The exception to the 12 week rule will be facial warts as topical salicylic acid is not to be used on the face.

We will continue to treat solar keratoses and the other rarer indications for cryotherapy as before.

If you would like further information there is a helpful summary on: or do ask your doctor.



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