Dermatology Blackrock Medical, Frascati Shopping Centre


The scope of our dermatological services include the following four main categories:

General Dermatology (incl. all types of skin rashes)

  • Eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • Urticaria, pruritis
  • Atopic dermatitis, allergic and irritant contact dermatitis
  • Difficult to treat rosacea
  • Undiagnosed eruptions and rashes
  • Infective skin conditions, fungal infections
  • Other non-urgent dermatological concerns

Mole Screening – assessments and procedures (biopsy, excision).

Comprehensive dermoscopic evaluation and diagnosis of pigmented and non-pigmented skin lesions allowing for rapid assessment with escalation to minor surgery on site (biopsy, excision) or plastic surgery if required. Cryosurgery for any benign suitable e.g. seborrheic keratosis.

Acne (incl. roaccutane prescribing)

Acne is one of the most frequently treated skin conditions in our clinic. We appreciate that Acne can be very distressing for our patients, negatively impacting not only their comfort and appearance but also detrimentally impacting mental health.

We take a 360 approach to acne treatment to include topical skincare treatment, dietary and lifestyle advice and the prescribing and close monitoring of Roaccutane treatment if necessary. Following a visit for your blood tests, all appointments can be conducted remotely if

preferred. The opening our New Acne Clinic  will ensure safe, convenient and affordable access to Roaccutane for all patients.

Minor Surgery

Minor Surgery is any surgical procedure that does not involve general anaesthesia or respiratory assistance during the surgical procedure.

Minor Surgery procedures include, for example:

  • Skin tags
  • Skin cysts
  • Incision and drainage of an abscess
  • Warts
  • Mole removal
  • Biopsy of growths
  • Verrucae
  • Joint injections
  • Ingrown toenail removal


Minor surgery is usually carried out on an out-patient basis. Prior to any minor surgery the doctor will conduct an initial consult to confirm a diagnosis and a plan for the procedure and gain informed consent. The only part of minor surgery that may hurt is when the local anaesthetic is administered, after this the procedure is pain free. The length of time the procedure will take is dependent on the condition being treated and can range from 10 minutes to a half hour or more. Your doctor will also advise if more visits are required to treat your condition.


  • Should you have a wound, your doctor will give you instructions on how to look after it in order to keep it clean and free of infection until it has healed.
  • You may also need to take painkillers to relieve any discomfort or antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • After some minor surgery you may feel a little faint or uncomfortable and may need someone to take you home
  • You will be given a follow-up appointment and you may also need to have stitches removed

For some procedures it is also normal to send off a tissue sample for histology. Your doctor will follow up with the results.

Our Clinical Team


Dr Ernan Gallagher is the clinical lead for the Centric Dermatology Services. He has extensive experience in dermatology & minor surgery. Qualified with the RCSI 1979, vocational training in Southern Derbyshire UK, GP practice in Bray since 1984. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Medicine (Dermatology) UCD 1998, Minor Surgery RCGP 2005. He is a Committee member of the Primary Care Surgical Association and contributes as session Chairman and/or presenter to his medical colleagues on dermatological subjects.


Dr Lena Healy is a graduate of The University College Galway (1998) She completed her specialist training in General Practice in 2004 and appears on the specialist register of The Irish Medical Council. Dr Healy has sub-specialised in Community Dermatology since 2010, completing a Dermatology Diploma in UCD in 2011. She is a member of The Primary Care Dermatology and Surgical Societies in Ireland. Also trained in Aesthetic Medicine, she holds advanced certification in the delivery of dermal injectables and anti-wrinkle injections. She is also certified in laser and light treatments.

Dr Healy’s particular areas of interest and expertise include the comprehensive treatment of acne, inclusive of roaccutane treatment, the appraisal of sun-damaged skin and the management of pre-malignant and malignant skin lesions.



If you are a GP and wish to refer your patient to our dermatology service, please complete the Healthlink Referral Form (we are listed as a private hospital).

We also accept faxed or emailed referral letters:

Email – dermatology.blackrock@centrichealth.ie


If you do not have a GP referral, you can still avail of our dermatology services and book a consultation with our GP Specialist. Please contact us on dermatology.blackrock@centrichealth.ie

 or 01 2888363 and we will assist you.


Primary Care Dermatology

Consultation [1] €150
Mole Screening [2] €200
Follow up acne consultation €120
Follow up with bloods    €140
Minor procedure  [3] €100-320*
Follow up post procedure  €80

** Please note that medical dermatology procedures are covered by many private healthcare insurance plans either in part or in full. Please contact your Health Insurance Provider for more information.

You may be eligible for a partial reimbursement of consultation costs if GP benefit is included in your private insurance plan. PAYE patients can also claim tax relief for medical health expenses by completing an income tax return.

[1] ‘Pay and claim’ policy for private Health Insurance holders. You can claim consultation charges under any GP benefit you may have with a private health insurance company.

[2] ‘Pay and claim’ policy for private Health Insurance holders. You can claim consultation charges under any GP benefit you may have with a private health insurance company.

[3] It will be assessed individually based on your skin concern