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Colchester Hospital

You may be sent for a particular kind of ultrasound appointment to check the large blood vessel that runs through your trunk. Some people will be invited directly to have this scan done and men over the age of 65 can refer themselves using this form.

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  • Appointments – 01206 742 613
  • Elmstead Day Unit – 01206 742 460
  • Elective Care Centre (ECC) – 01206 742 940
  • Elmstead Day unit (Endoscopy) – 01206 742 460
  • X-Ray (Diagnostics) – 01206 742 132

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We perform major and minor vascular surgery at this hospital.


Ipswich Hospital

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Five Rivers Vascular Unit

Our Regional Vascular Surgery Unit provides services for patients in North Essex and Suffolk focusing on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of circulatory system.

We cater for a population of over 850,000 for patients requiring a whole range of vascular treatments, both as an emergency or elective (planned) procedure.  The service also provides AAA screening as part of the national abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme. More information about the AAA Screening programme can be found here.

Patients can attend clinic and have investigations locally at both Colchester and Ipswich hospitals.  However major vascular surgery is performed in Colchester hospital which is the hub for the vascular service.

We offer a wide variety of treatments for your vascular conditions:

  • Aortic aneurysm repair either with an open graft or a endovascular stent graft.
  • Repair of complex abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
  • Leg ulcer and diabetic foot problems, often requiring improvement in the blood vessels with balloon stretching of the arteries or bypass surgery.
  • Patients who have suffered stroke may require surgery for their carotid arteries in the neck.
  • Renal access surgery to enable patients to undergo dialysis for kidney failure.
  • Rib removal for long-term shoulder and arm pain.
  • Botox injections and surgery for excessive sweating.
  • Minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins including, radiofrequency treatment and foam injection.
  • Hernia repairs and lumps & bumps removal.


We may send you for diagnostic tests such as:

  • Vascular ultrasound scans.
  • X-rays.
  • CT and MRI scans.
  • Exercise tests (CPEX).
  • Vein mapping.
  • Aortic ultrasound screening.

Our excellent team consists of seven vascular consultants, five interventional radiology consultants, an associate specialist, a nurse consultant, a surgical care practitioner, three specialist vascular nurses and a leg ulcer nurse specialist.  We also have a full complement of junior staff and trainees and we are a major training centre for the region. Read more about them, here.

The vascular service works closely with the diabetic foot service, the renal team and the stroke team.

The service is supported by an excellent management team. See contacts at the bottom of our home page.

We hold nurse-led clinics for leg ulcers and podiatry treatments.

For information about specific conditions please go to the NHS Choices website



Vascular Department – Colchester Hospital

Address: Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5LJ

Contact number: 01206 747474

Vascular Department – Ipswich Hospital

Address: Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PD

Contact number: 01473 712233

Service Manager for Colchester & Ipswich: email Amanda Austen

Operational Co-ordinator for Colchester & Ipswich: email Nola Hunting 

Vascular Secretaries for Colchester

Contact: 01206 742454

Email vascular secretaries


Vascular Secretaries for Ipswich

Contact: 01473 712233

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