Vascular services

The vascular unit comprises of a large number of personnel with specialist interest in disorders of the blood vessels. We are based at the Southampton General Hospital and provide services for a large part of South Hampshire, Isle of Wight, some of the Channel Islands and the Falklands. We are linked to the University of Southampton and are actively involved in all levels of education and research. We are always keen to reinforce our close community links and we are able to see patients at short notice.

Vascular surgery is traditionally a ‘super-speciality’ of general surgery. This has changed over the recent years as the demands of disease management have evolved. We now have clear evidence that specialist units that routinely manage ‘vascular’ conditions have better results than smaller units that sporadically do these types of cases.

We feel that a cohesive team is important in providing the best care to our patients and Southampton General Hospital ensures a high level of expertise in most fields.

The majority of vascular surgery involves artery and vein problems; but we also manage lymphoedema, abnormal sweating (hyperhydrosis), trapped nerves in the shoulder (thoracic outlet syndrome) and provide back-up support for the heart teams and during some cancer surgery.

Find out more about the medical conditions related to vascular services and meet the team.