Phototherapy (or light therapy) is a technique used to treat psoriasis and vitiligo. It is a treatment given in hospital, meaning that many patients are unable to make use of the service due to clinic opening times, reduced motor abilities due to the illness, work commitments, or due to living a long way from the hospital itself, thus depriving them of an excellent treatment opportunity.
To help overcome these hurdles, and as part of its commitment to serving and supporting patients with psoriasis, the Foundation has set up the first home phototherapy service in Italy for those patients unable to come to hospital, thus bridging a twenty-year gap compared to the United States, Great Britain and Holland, where home phototherapy programmes have been running for many years.
With the support of the Foundation and the assistance of its suppliers, patients can now hire the equipment, allowing them to have the treatment in their own home. The Foundation covers the hiring costs, while the supplier is responsible for managing the logistics, the delivery of the equipment to the patient’s home and collection afterwards, maintenance and repair to ensure correct operation, and for ensuring that all safety requirements are met at the patient’s home before treatment begins.
Participation in the programme is only possible through the dermatology department of the Policlinico Sant’Orsola hospital trust, which assesses patients and selects those suitable for treatment.
Our partnership with Banca Prossima – a bank of the Intesa San Paolo Group dedicated to the not-for-profit community – allowed the project to be funded via the website www.terzovalore.com until 30 June 2018.
The service remains active, and you can continue to support the project by making a donation, either by bank transfer (to current account IT83O0335901600100000149448) or online, indicating “fototerapia a domicilio” (Italian for “home phototherapy”) as the reason for payment.