Vascular Services

Vascular services deal with the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions affecting the health of the body’s circulation. Usually, this involves treating diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels. The heart itself is managed by cardiology and cardiac surgery services. Blood vessel disease within the skull is usually managed neurology or neurosurgery services.

Typical conditions that the vascular service will manage include:

  • peripheral vascular disease - diseases resulting in poor circulation to the limbs or vital organs, frequently due to atherosclerosis (“furring-up”) of the arteries
  • aneurysmal disease - diseases causing localised weaknesses in the walls of arteries resulting in formation of an aneurysm
  • stroke prevention - prevention of stroke and mini-stroke, in patients where the arteries supplying the brain have become diseased
  • venous disease - treatment of varicose veins and their associated conditions such as venous ulcer.

The vascular team is made up of vascular surgeons, anaesthetists, nursing staff, imaging staff, allied health professionals and administration staff.

How to access this service

The team provide general vascular services for people living in Belfast, and a number of specialist regional services for people from across Northern Ireland.

There are two ways of accessing vascular services:

  • As an emergency
  • Referred via a GP or another clinician.

Patients are referred to vascular services when there are suspected or potential vascular problems for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Location of Service

Vascular inpatient and day case services for Belfast and Northern Ireland are combined on the Royal Hospitals site. 

Vascular outpatient services are delivered in both the Belfast City and Royal Victoria Hospitals.