Dr Phil Hammond interviewed Prof Mark Whiteley today on BBC Radio Bristol. Dr Phil Hammond is a famous doctor in the UK, having been at the forefront of bringing health news to the public for many years.
Initially using comedy to throw medicine in to the public arena, Dr Hammond became very well known as part of “Struck off and Die”. He appears regularly in national media and is the famous “MD” in Private Eye. His stage shows are both funny and also hard-hitting and should not be missed.
Dr Hammond introduced Mark Whiteley asking about his training and what made him interested in varicose veins and leg ulcers.
Fairly soon, the interview turned to the fact that stripping should not used to treat varicose veins. Mark explained that NICE now recommends endothermal ablation (Endovenous Laser or Radiofrequency) above stripping. He also explained why, describing how stripping causes veins to grow back.
Dr Hammond asked how much it cost to treat leg ulcers. Mark explained that research had shown that to cure one leg ulcer was the same cost as treating it by district nurse for one year. As such it would be cheaper to cure leg ulcers rather than dress them.
Finally Dr Hammond asked what the best way to check for veins was. Prof Whiteley explained that even NICE agreed that the “Gold Standard” test was a Duplex Ultrasound, performed by a specialist team – NOT by a doctor doing their own scan.
Dr Hammond asked where patients could find out about The Whiteley Clinic and where the new The Whiteley Clinic is Bristol was located.
Mark explained that all of the information was on www.TheWhiteleyClinic.co.uk and The Whiteley Clinic in Bristol is in Litfield House in Clifton.
He also announced that there was going to be an Open Day of Saturday 27th September. During this, patients can talk to Mr Mike Rocker and Prof Mark Whiteley – and have a free preliminary Duplex Ultrasound to check for hidden varicose veins.
To hear the show, search for Phil Hammond on BBC I-Player on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiobristol