The vascular surgery department is based at the Royal infirmary of Edinburgh. It has functioned as a separate and distinct unit for over 30 years. It was the first unit in the UK to provide a dedicated specialist regional service delivering emergency and elective care to patients with vascular disease. It is a tertiary referral Regional Service to the South-East of Scotland for the management of patients with Vascular disorders. It is also home to the National Service for Scotland for the management of patients with Thoraco-abdominal aortic disease.

A full range of vascular surgical services is offered at the Royal, with particular expertise in complex open and endovascular aortic surgery, carotid surgery and vascular access surgery. Since 2001 a dedicated Vascular Laboratory run by Accredited Clinical Vascular Scientist staff has provided diagnostic services for this group of patients.

In-patients are cared for on Ward 105, a thirty bedded ward, which includes four Level 1 monitored beds. Out-patients and preadmission patients are seen in Out Patient Department 4. Vascular Ultrasound imaging is provided in the Vascular Laboratory within Out Patient Department 3.


Departmental Meetings

- twice weekly X-Ray for vascular patients: where arteriography and duplex scanning results and subsequent plans are discussed

- weekly Grand Round

- weekly TAAA MDT

- monthly morbidity and mortality meeting


Educational Meetings and Courses

Educational Meetings

- The Vascular Society Annual Scientific Meeting (VSASM)

- The British Society for Endovascular Therapy (BSET) Annual Meeting


- ChM in Vascular and Endovascular

- ASPIRE 1-8, National Vascular Surgery Training Programme

- Vascular Limb Salvage Academy (VaLSA)

- The Vascular Society Lower Limb Amputation Course

- Vascular Access and US courses