The Whiteley Clinic in Bristol has been shortlisted for the Bristol Life Awards 2017 (finalists).
Famous for being the first to perform the new endovenous surgery for varicose veins in the UK in March 1999, and being at the forefront of varicose vein research ever since, The Whiteley Clinic opened the Bristol branch in 2014 at Litfield House, Clifton.
Prof Mark Whiteley, founder of The Whiteley Clinic, is a Bristolian himself. He was born in Brislington and went Henleaze infant school.
Mark trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and returned to Bristol for his surgical training at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Western General Hospital at Weston-super-Mare.
He also did his Master of Surgery at Bath University, and with Tony Fox his colleague, was one of the two first ever Masters of Surgery awarded by this university.
Mark’s training took him to Oxford as an academic followed by consultancy in Guildford, Surrey. He set up the first The Whiteley Clinic on the research Park in Guildford in 2003.
As Mark built his team of researchers and clinicians around him, The Whiteley Clinic research into varicose veins and venous leg ulcers has become internationally famous, winning national and international prizes.
As a West Country boy, Mark always wanted to return to Bristol and the South West and opened the The Whiteley Clinic Bristol in 2014.
Based in Litfield House, Clifton, Mark and his colleagues Mr Mike Rocker (Consultant Vascular Surgeon), Rachel Walker (Clinical Vascular Scientist) and Amanda McCready (Chief Nurse) have built a team to bring excellence in venous surgery to Bristol.
Uniquely, they are able to bring the research-based Whiteley Protocol, which audit has proven to have the lowest recurrence rates possible after varicose vein surgery.
Prof Whiteley said “I am thrilled that my team and I have been shortlisted for the prestigious Bristol Life awards. It has been my life’s work to understand how varicose veins form and the best ways to treat them. Through our research, we are an internationally leading clinic in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, thread veins and venous leg ulcers and I am delighted that we are able to bring this research to patients in the south-west through our Bristol clinic. Being shortlisted for this award has given everyone in the The Whiteley Clinic Bristol a massive boost.”