Vascular services 

Our vascular service has a major emphasis on endovascular treatments for vascular diseases and this approach has largely replaced conventional open vascular surgery at UCLH. Endovascular surgery is minimally invasive, relatively safe and highly cost-effective. Recovery times and hospital stays are much shorter than after open surgery. The service has been strengthened by the creation of a multidisciplinary endovascular team (UCLH.MET), comprising internationally recognised vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists and neuro-radiologists under the leadership of Professor Peter Harris, Professor of Endovascular Surgery at UCL. The procedures are accommodated in a state-of-the-art 'hybrid' operating theatre. In addition to 'routine' procedures we are able to treat patients with highly complex aneurysms of the thoracic and abdominal aorta.
 
A new service is also offered for the treatment of patients with diabetic foot. The service emphasises minimally invasive endovascaulr techniques and works in close collaboration with the podiatry team and community nursing. 

Conditions treated

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Acute and chronic aortic dissections
  • Aneurysms of the aortic arch
  • Carotid artery disease presenting with TIA, amaurosis fugax or stroke
  • Congenital vascular malformations (arterial, venous, arteriovenous, lymphatic)
  • Occlusive and aneurysmal disease of the visceral arteries (renal, mesenteric)
  • Occlusive arterial disease of the limbs presenting with intermittent claudication, ischemic rest pain or tissue necrosis
  • Pain or tissue necrosis
  • Subclavian, femoral and popliteal aneurysms
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Varicose veins
  • Diabetic foot

Service statistics

The vascular service treats around 80 patients with aortic aneurysms per year. In addition a further 600-700 patients per annum are treated across the full range of vascular procedures either as day case procedures or inpatients.

Waiting times for a new outpatient referrals are two weeks. Waiting times for inpatients are six weeks.

Patient support services

We have dedicated nurse specialists who oversee the patient treatment programme.

Patient aftercare

Varicose veins patients are referred directly back to their GP for follow-up care. Arterial patients receive a follow-up appointment with the vascular team and are subsequently referred back to their GP.

Mr Obiekezie Agu Vascular services, General surgery
Mr Toby Richards Vascular services
Mr Christopher Bishop Vascular services

 Contact details

Vascular services
5th floor
25 Grafton Way
London, WC1E 6DB
University College Hospital
(1st floor outpatients dept)
235 Euston Road
London NW1 2BU
University College Hospital
Inpatient services are provided at:
235 Euston Road
London NW1 2BU

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 5173

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 5173
Fax: 020 3447 9217
Email: oluwatomisin.olarewaju@uclh.nhs.uk; UCLH.vascular@nhs.net

Other information
Outpatient Services are provided on two sites. The appointment letter will clearly indicate which site the appointment is located at.
 
Depending on the treatment received inpatients would normally be provided with a bed on either the T6 (short stay ward) or the T9 ward.

Service manager - Jason Willis
Email: jason.willis@uclh.nhs.uk