Meet the team

Queen Alexandra Hospital and UHS consultants

Mr Mark Pemberton

Mr Pemberton is a consultant vascular surgeon. 

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Miss Sabine Sonnenberg

Miss Sonnenberg is a consultant vascular surgeon who specialises in endovascular and open vascular surgery.

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UHS consultants

Mr Stephen Baxter

Since joining the Trust in 2002, Mr Baxter has developed the service managing varicose veins under local anaesthetic on the Isle of Wight, as well as developing and supporting the diabetic foot service. 

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Mr Ian Nordon

A general vascular surgeon, Mr Nordon has additional training in endovascular arterial and venous surgery.

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Nandita Pal

Ms Pal is a consultant vascular surgeon.


Mr Benjamin Patterson

Mr Patterson is a consultant vascular surgeon who joined the Trust in 2019 as part of the Wessex Vascular Network. He is experienced in the endovascular (minimally invasive) and open surgery to treat aortic disease

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Mr Mike Phillips

Mr Phillips has sub-specialty interests in endovascular surgery and minimally-invasive vascular surgery.

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Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust consultant

Nick Wilson

Mr Wilson is a consultant vascular surgeon. His specialist interests include aortic, carotid, lower limb and venous surgery. 

Vascular anaesthetist consultants

Patients with arterial disorders often have other medical issues. Our anaesthetists are trained to look after high-risk patients during complicated surgery. If you're having a longer procedure, we'll see you before the operation, and make sure you get the most suitable care before, during and after your operation.

Specialist registrars (anaesthetists in training) will usually be present to assist the consultant.

Our vascular anaesthetist consultants are

Dr Sanjay Gupta

Dr Gupta is a consultant anaesthetist.

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Dr Richard Heames

Dr Heames joined the Trust in 2005. He trained in anaesthesia for vascular surgery in Canada.

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Dr Roy Amit Kukreja

Dr Kukreja's work includes implementing the enhanced recovery programme for patients having vascular surgery. He joined the Trust in 2013.

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Dr David Sparkes 

Dr Sparkes is a consultant anaesthetist.

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Nurse specialists

Nurse specialists are the hub of our unit, making sure everything runs smoothly. They coordinate surveillance programmes, monitor your progress and help to care for you.

UHS vascular nurse specialist

Jenny Williams

Queen Alexandra Hospital vascular nurse specialists

Anna Stevens and Christine Robinson

Ward staff

We're a very active ward, and usually have lots of patients who need intensive nursing care. We also have patients with non-healing ulcers. Due to this, the unit is split into two sections - patients who are at a lower risk of infection, and patients who have open wounds so are at a higher risk.

Nicola Williams is our ward sister, working alongside three junior sisters.

Interventional radiologists

Our interventional radiologists are doctors who perform different procedures using x-ray or ultrasound guidance. They diagnose problems using direct imaging (ultrasound or x-ray) or computer generated images using a CT scan or an MRI (magnetic resonance image) scan.


Vascular sonographers use ultrasound to measure the size of blood vessels and assess the blood flow inside that vessel, and can see abnormalities of the blood vessel wall. Our sonographers can give accurate information on blood vessel function because they can see it working, rather than just a snapshot.

Using ultrasound does depend on the blood vessel not being too deep or too hardened. Scans can also be more difficult when we are assessing very small blood vessels. There's no significant risk or discomfort from an ultrasound scan.


The physiotherapy team work in two areas - they help you to move and provide chest physiotherapy after surgery, and they provide a rehabilitation service if you have complications getting mobile.

Our hospital team will look after you after your operation, and start your rehabilitation programme if you need one. The full rehabilitation programme will be taken over by the outpatient team when you leave hospital.


Our podiatry team is based in the community, and see foot problems. Most of our vascular surgery patients with foot problems have diabetes.

The team can refer you to our clinic or ward. They are play a big part in follow up and keeping an eye on foot wounds in the long term.

Podiatrists hold combined diabetic foot clinics with diabetes doctors, vascular surgeons and the pedorthist (who makes suitable footwear according to requirements).