This is another recurring theme. Nearly all of our customers who have had light therapy in the health service have experienced practical issues fitting the treatment regime into their lives.
These issues are not with the quality of care provided but simply with the nature of the treatment schedule and practically how it will fit in with your life.
Narrowband UVB Light therapy is a well-established therapy regime within the NHS most commonly used for the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo. The treatment will require your attendance for treatment at a hospital or care centre every 2 -3 days each week, for a period of between 6 – 12 weeks.
The appointments enable you to use one of the hospital Narrowband UVB Cabinets in which you will be treated with Philips TL01 lamps. The treatment session last for a maximum time of generally 4 minutes. Initially the session exposure times start at under 1 minute and then build very gradually up to the maximum exposure time.
Missing any of your appointments is problematic for two reasons.
- Most importantly, missing sessions reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Secondly, in some cases, missing more than two appointments may result in the health care provider offering your treatment to the next person on the waiting list and you having to go back to your GP and go through the whole referral process from the beginning.
To get an independent idea of how UVB is actually used in phototherapy, see the posted links below as examples (similar leaflets/advice can generally be obtained from your local NHS Trust also).
NHS Patient Information Leaflets
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Patient Information Narrowband UVB Therapy
University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust UVB Light Treatment
Our full body cabinets are designed for you to use at home enabling you replicate the treatment that you would receive in a hospital or treatment centre. The full body cabinets and all of our Narrowband Canopies use the same Philips TL01 tubes that are used in Hospitals. Our units enable you to treat yourself with phototherapy in the simplest and most practical way, without impact on your life or work, whilst delivering the same treatment that hospital units provide.
In practice, having access to phototherapy treatment at home means that you will never face the following problems;
- Waiting for a referral to a treatment centre before getting Phototherapy treatment
- Having to arrange time off work
- 2-3 times per week for between 6 & 12 consecutive weeks.
- The cost of time off work & travelling to and from the treatment centre
- Ensuring that you make every treatment appointment.
The benefits include;
- Being able to treat your condition as swiftly as possible.
- Being able to treat your condition in your own home.
- Being able to treat your condition when it suits you (first thing in the morning or last thing at night).
- Being able to treat your condition yourself, discreetly and in the privacy of your own home.
- No time off work.
- No time wasted commuting to appointments.
- No money wasted for time off work, commuting or parking.