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Vascular clinic now available to patients in the heart of the local community

Posted on January 05, 2018

The launch of a new vascular clinic in Leicestershire marks the beginnings of a three year plan to better support patients with vascular conditions.

The new Vascular Service, which was set up last month at St Luke’s Hospital in Market Harborough, Leicestershire provides appointments for patients who require a specialist consultation about varicose veins, narrowing arteries, lower leg cramps, poor blood circulation and other vascular conditions that may require further consultation and surgery. 

The service is managed by the LLR Alliance but is delivered in the community, closer to patient’s homes. This means patients no longer need to travel to an acute hospital to receive an outpatient consultation for these types of conditions, which previously would have been the case.

This is the first of a range of community based services to support patients who have vascular conditions closer to home. 

The LLR Alliance is a unique partnership of health organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. If a patient has treatment in a community hospital as an outpatient or day-case, this will be arranged by the LLR Alliance. The Alliance is designed to offer patients more choice about when and where they receive day-case and outpatient treatment and is helping to drive forward local plans to deliver more care in the community, rather than in the large city hospital sites. 

The LLR Alliance is a partnership of Leicester City CCG, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Leicestershire CCG, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and the LLR Provider Company Limited (a group of 90 Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland GP practices).

Helen Mather, Director of Alliance Partnership Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, said: “We are delighted that this nationally and internationally renowned service is now available to patients in our local community, avoiding the need for them to travel a long distance for an outpatient appointment. 

“Patients needing support from this service can be quite poorly and find travelling uncomfortable so to make their distance of travel shorter contributes to a better patient experience all round.”

Clinics are being held on the first and third Tuesday afternoon of every month at St Luke’s Hospital. Referrals can be made by a GP or practice nurse. To find out more about the LLR Alliance, visit http://llralliance.nhs.uk/about.