A NEW consultant dermatologist has been appointed to lead the development of the hospital service across south Cumbria.

Dr Ann Myatt has begun work at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal, and is also conducting clinics at Furness General Hospital, Barrow.

She is keen to work with clinical commissioning groups and GPs to develop community services for patients with skin disease across the area – meaning patients do not have to go to hospital unless it is really necessary.