Patient Information

Mole mapping service


This is for anyone who has been referred to the mole mapping service, which is part of Kingston Hospital’s medical photography unit.

What is the mole mapping service?

This service takes digital photos of your whole body, including your limbs, to map the moles on your body. These photos are taken by our medical photographer.

They are given to your healthcare professionals (consultants and clinical team) so they can monitor the condition of your skin over a long period of time.

They use these photos to review your case and they will talk to you about this at your next consultation. 

How can I help to monitor my own skin condition?

You will be given a set of your own digital photo prints. The mole mapping photographer will give you more information about how to use these to self-monitor the way your skin changes over time.

Images showing people looking at their own moles
These images give you an idea of how you can self-monitor your skin condition.

How do you store the images of my body?

All mole mapping photos are stored on the hospital’s secure server. They form part of your personal medical records and can only be seen by appropriate medical teams.

Further information on Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Privacy Policy can be found here:

How do I make an appointment for mole mapping?

Usually, the dermatology team at Kingston Hospital will refer you to the medical photography service. In most cases, they will also give you a written request form to pass on to the photographer when you arrive for your appointment.

Once you have been referred, you can make an appointment by phoning Medical Photography directly (see Contacts section). When you call, ask for an appointment for the mole mapping service.

What happens during my mole mapping appointment?

Mole mapping usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

Before photos are taken of your body, a member of the clinical team or the photographer will ask you to sign a written consent form. This gives Kingston Hospital permission to take and store your medical images.  

The mole mapping service takes photos of your body, including limbs which do not have moles. This means you will have to undress, but you can keep your underwear on. The photographer will give you a gown and show you into a private changing area.

Do not wear makeup or jewellery during your appointment so that the photographer can take clear images.

Can I take someone with me?

Kingston Hospital has one medical photographer, who is male.

Some patients, for example females, may want to take a chaperone (someone who can stay with them while the photographs are taken).

If you want a chaperone, bring someone with you to the appointment.

If you are unable to bring someone with you, let the photographer know when you book your appointment. They will be able to arrange for a female chaperone to be present when you have your photos taken.

What happens after my mole mapping appointment?

If you have a follow-up appointment with the Kingston Hospital dermatology team, they will use the digital photos to check your moles thoroughly and discuss them with you.

Photo showing mole mapping form and mole images

They will have access to the digital photos, but it will help if you take the following printed documents to your appointment (as shown in the numbered picture).

  1. Any self-monitoring records which you have been keeping.
  2. The printout of the table of contents.
  3. The set of digital photos which the medical photographer sent you.

These will all be used as visual aids to discuss your condition.

What if I do not have a follow-up appointment?

If you do not have a follow-up appointment with the dermatology team, but are still worried about the changing condition of your moles, make an appointment with your GP to discuss your case.


Mole mapping service - Kingston Hospital Download PDF


Medical Photography, Princess Alexandra Wing (Dental), Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4.45 pm 020 8934 2352

Translate Please speak to a member of staff before or during your visit to the hospital if you require translation.
Accessibility Please contact the Patient Experience Team on 020 8934 3850 if you need this information in a different format.
For information accessibility please visit Kingston Hospital AccessAble www.accessable.co.uk/kingston-hospital-nhs-foundation-trust
Support services

Visit the hospital website, ask a member of staff, or ring us for details.


Switchboard 020 8546 7711

  • ‘Find Us’ page for maps, transport, registering a blue badge, disabled access
  • Information, advice and support for patients and relatives (PALS) 020 8934 3993
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Support 020 8546 7711
  • Learning Disability Liaison Team 020 8934 6895
Print - Standard Size Print - Large Size


Please speak to a member of staff before or during your visit to the hospital if you require translation support to access Patient Information. Please ring the phone number on your appointment letter, if you have one.

Request More Information


Please contact the Patient Experience Team on 020 893 3850 if you need this information in a different format.
For detailed information on accessibility at Kingston Hospital visit Kingston Hospital AccessAble (https://www.accessable.co.uk/kingston-hospital-nhs-foundation-trust).

Tell us how we are doing we'd love to have your opinion