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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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Our Regional Vascular Surgery Unit for Colchester and Ipswich hospitals provides a specialist service focusing on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the blood vessels, excluding the heart, lungs, and brain.

A new service for major arterial vascular surgery was formed in July 2012 for the 850,000 population of north east Essex, east Suffolk and the Colne Valley, for patients requiring complex vascular surgery, either as an emergency or elective (planned) procedure whose operation is performed at the centre at Colchester Hospital.

Patients that require investigations and non-complex vascular surgery are able to access these services at both ESNEFT Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

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

  • Aortic aneurysm repair either with an open graft or a endovascular stent graft.
  • 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 and central lines for kidney disease.
  • Rib removal for long-term shoulder and arm pain.
  • Botox injections and surgery for excessive sweating.
  • Keyhole surgery and FOAM injection of varicose veins.
  • Hernia repairs and lumps & bumps removal.

We may send you for tests:

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

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

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

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