Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgeons treat patients who have problems with their arteries and veins. Common conditions may include hardened or blocked arteries, varicose veins and leg ulcers. Patients may be offered advice  to change their life style such as stopping smoking, taking regular exercise,  tablets to lower their cholesterol and aspirin. In severe cases surgery may be necessary. 

Contact Details and Unit Staff

Vascular Surgical Unit
Cardiothoracic Directorate
Terence Lewis Building
Derriford Hospital
PL6 8DH 

Consultant Vascular Surgeon & Lead Clinician
Surgeon Commander C Parry
Secretary 01752 431809 

Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
Mr F Dix
Secretary 01752 431822

Consultant Vascular & Transplant Surgeon 
Mr J Barwell
Secretary 01752 431809

Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
Miss C Western
Secretary 01752 431805

Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
Mr D Mittapalli
Secretary 01752 431822

Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
Lt Col R Faulconer
Secretary 01752 431805

Vascular Nurse Specialist 
Mr Alan Elstone
01752 439245 

These leaflets are to help patients and their relatives understand these common conditions. 

Vascular Assessment Unit 

The Vascular Assessment Unit (VAU) provides a range of tests, mainly using ultrasound, to diagnose and monitor arterial and venous disease. The service is available to Consultants within the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, with particular service responsibilities to Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Neurology and Renal Services. GPs can also request scans directly.


Jacqui George, Head of Unit and Accredited Vascular Scientist , BSc, MSC, AVS 

Alan Ellison, Accredited Vascular Scientist, DMU, AVS

Richard Craven, Accredited Vascular Scientist, BSc, AVS

Vascular Assessment Unit Secretary

Contact 01752 439228


The VAU is located on level 4 of Zone B, just outside Erme Ward and is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We do not have a receptionist but there are two buzzers in the waiting area for patients to press to alert staff of their arrival. 

Diagnostic Tests

Tests carried out in the unit are safe and non-invasive. An ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves, which you cannot hear, to build up a picture of inside the body. It is best known as the scan used to look at unborn babies. It does not use any type of radiation and is considered to be completely safe. Ultrasound can also be used to detect blood flowing and this is known as a Doppler ultrasound scan or a duplex scan. 

Patients and their relatives may find the following leaflets useful. 

Interventions and Operations

 These leaflets are to help patients and their relatives understand these common operations and interventions. 

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