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
Michelle Cooper, Accredited Vascular Scientist, BSc, AVS
Tracey Perkins, Lynne Suggs Vascular Assessment Unit Secretaries
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.
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.