Patient Experience

Patient Experience

The Vascular Laboratory works as an integral part of the Vascular Department in St James Hospital. It is responsible for accurately performing and reporting non invasive vascular testing in the assessment and diagnosis of both cerebrovascular, aortic and peripheral arterial disease as well as venous disease.

Non invasive vascular testing uses either blood pressure measurement or ultrasound to study blood vessels and blood flow.  These tests are painless and safe and do not require the injection of dye. Most will require 30-45 minutes to perform.

  • The Vascular Laboratory service provides diagnostic information for the assessment and management of arterial and venous disease. The range of studies include:

    • Carotid duplex ultrasound for the investigation of TIA, stroke or carotid bruits
    • Venous ultrasound for the diagnosis of DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis)
    • Venous ultrasound for the investigation of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency
    • Ankle brachial indices for investigation of peripheral arterial disease
    • Digital pressure measurement for the investigation of critical ischaemia
    • Aortic ultrasound for the diagnosis and surveillance of aortic aneurysms
    • Arterial duplex scan for the pre and post operative assessment of vascular patients
  • The Vascular Laboratory accepts referrals from St James's Hospital clinical staff and other hospitals. 

    External referrals should be made by letter via fax, post or email.

    The laboratory should be phoned for all urgent referrals.

    If you are concerned about yourself or a family member please contact your GP to be referred.

  • The Vascular Laboratory is staffed by seven highly trained vascular physiologists, who work as part of the larger Vascular Department. Quality assurance is very important and there are weekly multidisciplinary team meetings to ensure the accuracy of the laboratory results. A vascular consultant is always available to deal with any patient queries.

  • All GP referrals are triaged by one of the vascular consultants and scheduled appropriately. Results are also reviewed by a vascular consultant. The vascular laboratory and the Emergency Department (ED) run a fast-track DVT pathway and as a result the laboratory does not accept direct DVT referrals.  All referrals are via ED.

  • The Vascular Laboratory is actively involved in several research projects within the Vascular Department. Several national and international research papers have resulted from this work.

Contact Details

Monday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm
Friday, 8am to 4pm

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