Pushing the limits, David Beckett MBBS FRCR FCPhleb is an Interventional Radiologist with a special interest in minimally invasive vascular procedures. He joined The Whiteley Clinic in 2010, practising The Whiteley Protocol™ to treat his varicose vein patients.
What treatments do you specialise in?
The endovenous treatment of varicose veins. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is a walk in walk out procedure performed under local anaesthetic and uses laser to destroy the vein. I also specialise in a sophisticated procedure called Pelvic Vein Embolisation which is used to treat Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, a relatively unheard of vascular condition but one which affects many women post childbirth.
Where did you train?
I trained at St. Georges Hospital, London and qualified in 2000. I then went on to gain my radiology experience at hospitals in Birmingham and Sheffield, where I spent two years as an Endovascular Fellow at the Sheffield Vascular Institute, before being appointed Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 2008.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I like to be challenged and enjoy pushing the limits in the world of venous disease, adopting and developing new methods for the treatment of varicose veins by giving patients options for new treatments where previously there have been none.
What do you enjoy about being part of The Whiteley Clinic Team?
The Whiteley Clinic offers me the opportunity to work as part of a close knit team which promotes a united and excellent approach to the treatment of venous disease. We are able to collaborate across a broad range of specialities including surgery, radiography, sonography, nursing, interventional radiology and lymphoedema. All clinical staff work under The Whiteley Protocol which is the result of years of dedicated research and means the team offer a consistent and optimum standard of diagnosis and treatment. There are no barriers to providing the best clinical care for our patients.
What do you do when you are not working?
I am a lover of many dangerous activities and being fortunate enough to live on the coast, I spend a lot of my spare time either paragliding or kitesurfing. To relax, I simply enjoy spending time with my family and friends.