Cross border vascular workshop in Enniskillen

08/11/2011

Cross border vascular workshop in Enniskillen

The Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Department of Surgery held a cross border workshop recently to showcase the latest techniques used to treat varicose veins. The workshop held in Enniskillen, was attended by vascular surgeons and clinical staff from the Western Trust, the Southern Trust and the HSE. The event was co-ordinated by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Acute Hospitals project, which is utilising European Union’s INTERREG IVA funding to progress a number of cross border acute hospital services along the entire border region.

At the workshop Mr Mark Grannell, consultant surgeon with the Western Trust outlined the benefits of the ‘VNUS’ procedure which is a minimally invasive treatment for pain and swelling caused by varicose veins.  He said: “VNUS treatment allows the Trust to offer a modern varicose vein service to patients without the pain of surgical incisions. It is a cost effective solution for varicose vein conditions which frees up theatre space and thus helps to meet waiting time targets. We have used this system on patients from the Western, Northern and Southern Trusts areas in Northern Ireland, in addition to patients from the HSE West counties of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.”

Commenting on the event, Linda Saunderson, Acute Programme Manager at CAWT said: “This workshop has given participants, from both sides of the border, an opportunity to experience the practical, clinical aspects of using the VNUS varicose vein treatment system and to see the day surgery in action. It also has facilitated networking between the healthcare professionals involved and supports the work of the CAWT cross border acute hospitals project.”

Consultant vascular surgeons, Mr Zola Mzimba from the Western Trust and Alastair Lewis from the Southern Trust also spoke at the event and shared their experiences of using the latest vascular treatment system. As part of the workshop practical demonstrations were organised so that participants could view patients being treated in the Day Procedure Unit of the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen.