Coronavirus: vascular surgery update
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before sending any referrals.
There is a daily emergency vascular clinic (EVC) at St Thomas' Hospital for patients across the network requiring an urgent appointment within 24-72 hours. The clinic is suitable for any stable patient who requires an urgent opinion including, but not limited to:
- TIA / minor stroke
- critical limb ischaemia without sepsis
- diabetic foot ulcer without sepsis
- acute iliofemoral DVT
- incidental finding aneurysm (non-tender) at or above threshold
- possible digital ischaemia or embolisation
- deteriorating lower limb ulceration
- complex discharge dependent wounds from the wards at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
To make an emergency referral, please contact the vascular registrar on call at St Thomas’ Hospital on 07717 513 348.
If you are advised by the vascular registrar to refer to the emergency vascular clinic (EVC), please complete the urgent vascular referral form (Word 78Kb) and email it to email@example.com. Please only refer in this way following a discussion with the vascular registrar.
All referrals will be triaged by the EVC specialist nurse. Once the referral has been received the patient will be contacted directly, and if they are appropriate for the clinic, an appointment will be scheduled. Please note this will only be actioned once an appropriate referral form is received. This is an appointment only service and we do not accept walk-ins.
The South London Cardiovascular Networks website provides more information about the Leg Ulcer Pathway Audit (LUPA) and guidance for practitioners when referring patients with leg ulcers for further treatment.
All NHS GP referrals must be submitted using the NHS e-Referral service (formerly Choose and Book). Referrals sent by email or by post from GPs will not be processed. Tertiary referrals can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept referrals from GPs via e-Referrals (previously known as Choose and Book) direct referral letters.
Network hospital referrals
We also offer vascular outpatient clinics at the below hospitals, please see the referral information below or speak with your GP if you would like to be referred to any of these for your appointment.
Darent Valley Hospital, Kent
Jane Sweeting, secretary to Mr A Patel and Mr Dialynas
Darent Valley Hospital
Darenth Wood Road
Kent DA2 8DA
Tel: 01322 428625
Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup
Ann Harris, secretary to Miss Becky Sandford
Queen Mary’s Hospital
Sidcup DA14 6LT
Tel: 020 8302 2678 (ext 4361)
University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich
Kelly Waddington, secretary to Mr Donati, Mr S Patel, and Mr Zayed
Tel: 020 8333 3000 (ext 8261)
Tunbridge Wells Hospital (Pembury), Kent
Deborah Beasley, secretary to Mr Tyrrell
The Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury
Kent TN2 4QJ
Tel: 01892 635873
Fax: 01892 634485
Even if your surgical procedure takes place at Guy's and St Thomas' we will provide post surgical follow-up at the most clinically appropriate local hospital.
Tertiary vascular referrals will be seen in the appropriate specialist clinic.
Please see our consultants’ profiles for further information regarding their specialist interests.
Asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysm
We offer a nurse-led clinic for all patients who have had an incidental finding of a below threshold (3-5cm) asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysm. If you would like to refer a patient to this clinic please state so in your referral letter.
Referrals from other hospitals must include a completed Inter-Provider Minimum Data Set or ensure that one is sent within 48 hours of referring a patient.
We offer an alternative service for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms at or above threshold (5.5cm). Please see abdominal aortic aneurysms below.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Service
For patients who are asymptomatic and have had an incidental finding at or above threshold (5.5cm diameter). Please complete the abdominal aortic aneurysm pathway referral service form (Word 38Kb) attaching a GP summary of care record, relevant clinic letters and send to gst-tr.AAA@nhs.net. Alternatively you can refer to this service via eRS.
If you would like some more information about this service before referring your patient, please call 020 7188 7188 extension 58781.