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Five Rivers Vascular Unit

Five Rivers, our Regional Vascular Surgery Unit provides services for patients in North Essex and Suffolk. We focus on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the 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 (Opens in a new window) as part of the national abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme.

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

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

  • Aortic aneurysm repair either with an open graft or an 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
  • a leg ulcer nurse specialist.

We also have a full complement of junior staff and trainees. We are a major training centre for the region.

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

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

Contact the Colchester Hospital vascular secretaries

01206 742 454

Contact the Ipswich Hospital appointments centre

Contact the Ipswich Hospital vascular secretaries

Telephone the Ipswich Hospital switchboard and ask for the vascular secretaries.

01473 712 233



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