Vein clinic surges back from Covid

By a staff reporter

Prof Mark Whiteley

Leading vein clinic The Whiteley Clinic is expanding its services to patients on the south coast with the opening of a fourth clinic location.

The new Bournemouth venue, which opened last month, represent a huge boost for the business following a ‘torrid’ two years dealing with the pressures resulting from the pandemic.

It hosts a team of experienced venous specialists headed up by Dr David Beckett, an interventional radiologist with a special interest in minimally invasive vascular procedures.

He has over 20 years’ experience and has been part of The Whiteley Clinic team since 2010. 

Joining him will be Judy Holdstock, chief vascular scientist at The Whiteley Clinic, who has been with the team since the clinic’s inception in 2003.

Judy Holdstock

She has a specialist interest in the diagnosis of pelvic and ovarian varicose veins and will lead the diagnostic ultrasound services.

Founded in Guildford by Prof Mark Whiteley, The Whiteley Clinic specialises in treating varicose veins and other related vein conditions, including thread veins, pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) and phlebitis.

He was the first to introduce endovenous ‘keyhole’ surgery to the UK, performing the first radiofrequency ablation in 1999. 

He developed The Whiteley Protocol, a pioneering approach to how vein health should be investigated and how the correct treatment or combination of treatments should be selected to give the optimal result in each individual patient. 

Dr David Becket

The innovative method is used exclusively by the doctors and vascular scientists working or training at all four of The Whiteley Clinic’s locations, ensuring patients get the same standards of care, whichever consultant they see.

Prof Whiteley said: ‘We are very excited to be expanding our services and opening-up a brand-new clinic on the south coast. 

‘The Whiteley Clinic has already treated several patients from this region, who have travelled to see us at our other locations, so our hope is that the new Bournemouth clinic will allow us to reach even more patients in the area.’ 

Dr Beckett added: ‘I am very thrilled to be heading up such a wonderful team at the new Bournemouth clinic. Having been part of The Whiteley Clinic team for more than 12 years, I have seen first-hand how life-changing the pioneering treatments that we offer can be for patients.’ 

In Bournemouth, the clinic offers a full service for vein problems, including diagnosing and treating varicose veins, thread veins, venous eczema, haemosiderin, venous leg ulcers, phlebitis and DVT.

A diagnostic service for PCS, estimated to affect between 500,000 and 1.5m women in the UK, is also available. Treatments for PCS are performed at the specialist unit in Bond Street, London.

The Whiteley Clinic is based at Clinic @78, 78 Poole Road, West­bourne, Bournemouth, BH4 9DZ.