Bristol Bath Vascular Network shortlisted for national award

Monday, 27 February 2017

The Bristol Bath Vascular Network, based at Southmead Hospital, has been shortlisted for a national award.

The network has been shortlisted in the ‘The Surgery Team of the Year’ category in the BMJ Awards; the UK’s leading medical awards which recognise and celebrate the work of health teams across the country.

The shortlisting is for a project which saw the vascular service move from across four NHS Trusts into one, the aim of which was to provide excellent vascular care for the region whilst retaining local access for outpatients.

The network brought together a team of 10 vascular surgeons from three local vascular units, to create a major arterial centre which delivers 24/7 on-site vascular surgery and interventional radiology, with a dedicated ward and operating theatre.

 Bristol Bath Vascular Network shortlisted for national award

Now, over 80% of outpatient appointments are delivered at network sites. Patients from across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, and Wiltshire attend Southmead Hospital for major arterial procedures and emergency cases, but still attend their local hospitals for outpatient appointments, imaging and some day-case procedures.

More than 80% of patients referred to a vascular surgeon after being admitted to their local hospital are seen by a surgeon within 48 hours - including at weekends and on public holidays.

The network has grown to now include 11 vascular surgeons, nine radiologists, three specialist vascular nurses, ‘hot clinic’ nurses, a research nurse, a rehabilitation team (physiotherapists and occupational therapists), and administrative staff.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 4 May in London.