The tertiary dermatology unit serves the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern part of the Eastern Cape, a population of approximately 11 million. Hence all secondary and tertiary dermatological problems are referred to the Durban Functional Region. This unit consults an average of 550- 575 outpatients per week, and has an inpatient facility of 12 adult beds at KEH VIII, 4 beds at IALCH and a consultative inpatient service at RKK, Addington and PMM Hospitals. At Prince Mshiyeni hospital we see an average of 80 patients per week, at Addington 60 patients and RKK hospital 70 patients per week. The services are daily outpatient clinics at KEH (60 patients/day), IALCH (20 patients/day) and PMMH (20 patients/day). At RKK and Addington hospitals, outpatient clinics run on a Tuesday and Thursday (35-40 patients /day) and Monday and Friday (35-40 patients/day) respectively. There are no formal clinics booked for Wednesdays, since it is a dedicated full academic day and intense consultant teaching ward rounds and lectures are conducted. The clinics are open for urgent cases and those unbooked cases arriving from rural areas outside the DFR.
We now have a Satellite service in PMB. Greys hospital has a 2 consultants, 2 medical Officer Unit and Edendale a service run by 1 consultant. There is also a fulltime consultant and MO service at both Stanger and Newcastle.