Our Services A - Z - Vascular Surgery
About the service
Vascular services for the patients of St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are provided by the Liverpool Vascular & Endovascular Service (LiVES).
The Liverpool Vascular and Endovascular Service (LiVES) operates across four hospital Trusts in North Merseyside (Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, and St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust).
Vascular services are for people with disorders of the arteries and veins. These include narrowing or widening of arteries, blocked vessels and varicose veins, but not diseases of the heart.
These disorders can reduce the amount of blood reaching the limbs or brain, or cause sudden blood loss if an over-stretched artery bursts. Although all of these diseases used to be treated by surgery only, more recently, specialists have been able to treat many vascular disorders by reaching the site of the problem via the inside of the blood vessels. This is known as endovascular surgery, and is a much less invasive approach.
Making these advanced techniques readily available to all patients is one of the goals of our service.
People helped by vascular services include:
People with abdominal aortic aneurysms: This is a condition in which the main artery in the abdomen becomes stretched and prone to bursting. Timely detection and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms prevents later problems with rupture and bleeding, and can be life-saving.
People with strokes or transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes): Sometimes, there are problems with the blood supply to the brain because of a narrowing in a blood vessel in the neck called the carotid artery. This can be treated with an operation to improve the flow of blood and reduce the risk of future strokes.
People with poor blood supply to the feet and legs: Some people, particularly those who smoke or have diabetes, can develop narrowing's in the blood supply to their legs and feet. This can cause pain on walking, ulceration and/or infection. Surgical or endovascular treatments can improve the blood supply, make walking easier and prevent the serious complications of an inadequate blood supply.
- What you can expect from LiVES
LiVES is both nationally and internationally recognised as an innovative and respected clinical unit. With a team of ten consultant surgeons, specialist nurses and dedicated 'round the clock' vascular interventional radiology support, it is one of the largest vascular services in the United Kingdom.
Offering a comprehensive outpatient and day case service across all sites, whilst all inpatient care (treatment requiring overnight stay in hospital) takes place centrally at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Specialist, Multidisciplinary Team
Our patients are treated by specialist teams including specialist vascular nurses and doctors from other disciplines such as Interventional Radiology, Nephrology, Stroke Medicine, Neurology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Diabetes, Anaesthesia and Cardiology. Ward 8A at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital is dedicated to the care of vascular patients and has a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists experienced in dealing with vascular patients
As a principle, all cases considered for major surgery are discussed at weekly multidisciplinary team meetings, to ensure the best possible management is offered to our patients.
- A one-stop diagnostic service (specialist investigations performed at the same time as the clinic consultation)
- Diagnostic tests and interventions on peripheral vascular disease (i.e.: Angiography/Angioplasty, Duplex Ultrasound, CT and MR angiography)
- Surveillance of small aortic aneurysms with ultrasound scans
- Assessment and treatment (by surgery or endovascular means) of large aortic aneurysms
- Supra-regional referral centre for the management of complex aortic aneurysms requiring treatment with fenestrated or branched endovascular repair
- Carotid surgery to prevent strokes.
- Minimally invasive treatments of complicated varicose veins and other venous disorders
Referrals are made via your General Practitioner (GP), other hospital departments (including Accident & Emergency) or, for complex cases, via another Hospital Trust's Consultant. All emergency referrals and inpatient care (treatment requiring overnight stay in hospital) takes place centrally at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Routine outpatient appointments and follow up appointments still take place at St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- About the Team
Assistant Directorate Manager
Three of the 12 Vascular Consultants from LiVES provide the onsite service to St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Emergency patients transferred to Royal Liverpool University Hospital will be cared for by the on call Vascular Consultant Surgeon of the Week.
LiVES Vascular Consultants at St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
The whole LiVES team can be viewed here https://www.rlbuht.nhs.uk/departments/medical-specialisms/vascular-surgery/
- Location and Contact Details
Liverpool Vascular & Endovascular Service (LiVES), Level 4, Orange Zone, Whiston Hospital
Tel: 0151 430 1499
Fax: 0151 430 1405
Mr J Scurr
Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
Michelle 0151 430 1499
Mr S Neequaye
Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
Michelle 0151 430 1499
Miss K Sritharan
Colette Case 0151 430 1528
Ms Kate Donovan/Ms Sarah Storer
Vascular Specialist Nurse/Vascular Physician Associate
Direct Line; 0151 2904508
Switch board; 0151 426 1600 Bleep 7604
Professor John Brennan
Clinical Director of LiVES (Liverpool Vascular & Endovascular Service)
0151 706 3419
- Relevant Leaflets/Documents/Links
Using the link below, you will be able to download and read the LiVES patient information leaflets.
Every attempt has been made to make the information leaflets and the guides as factual as possible, but it is not possible for every point to be dealt with exhaustively.
The information leaflets on this internet site are intended to advise and benefit patients who intend to use, or are using, the clinical services provided by St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the Liverpool Vascular & Endovascular Service (LiVES).
St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals does not accept responsibility for using the information contained in the leaflets for any other purpose than that described within them.
If you are concerned about your clinical condition you should seek qualified medical advice from your GP or the relevant clinical team at St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Page last updated on 26th July 2021