Bedfordshire vascular unit provides a 24/7 elective and emergency vascular service for the whole of Bedfordshire and Luton. Bedford Hospital is the ‘hub’ with outreach services at Luton & Dunstable Hospital. All major vascular work is undertaken at Bedford and all emergencies for the whole county are transferred here. Day case surgery, outpatient clinics and a ward referral service are provided at L&D.
Bedford Hospital’s vascular department is staffed by four consultants, a vascular specialist nurse, a clinical vascular scientist and various support and nursing staff who run five clinics a week, four all day theatre lists and two half day theatre lists. The department treats:
varicose veins, venous ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, arteriovenous malformations
peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease, aortic and peripheral aneurysms, diabetic foot disease
Other conditions treated include:
thoracic outlet syndrome, hyperhydrosis, Raynaud’s disease