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Mr James Metcalfe

1998 MBBS (Lon)
PhD (Bath)
FRCS (Eng)

James is passionate about offering patients excellence in vascular medicine and supports the latest proven technologies being delivered to patients to improve outcomes.  His background is fairly unique in surgery having trained in the South West he also worked extensibly in industry in the US and UK developing new technologies in medicine.  He brings to Dorset unique opportunities for patients, NHS and industry to partnership in the development of the latest inventions and research.  He has specialist interests in venous disease including the management of varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis.  He has an extensive portfolio of arterial work including carotid, aneurysm and bypass surgery.  James also has a keen interest in renal access surgery.

Special interests:
Acute and Chronic deep venous thrombosis and varicose veins. Stroke surgery and renovascular disease

New treatments introduced:
Comprehensive outpatient based varicose vein treatments.  Acute and Chronic Deep venous thrombolysis and stenting including work on developing national consensus.  Drug elution technology for arterial disease.

Alt Monday PM Renovascular Onestop 

Alt Monday PM Varicose vein Onestop (DCH) 

Friday PM Vascular Clinic (DCH)

Shirley White 01305 255480

Mr Alex Watson

MBBS 1999 St George’s Hospital Medical School, London
MSc 2004 imperial College

Alex trained at St. Georges Hospital London before completing basic general surgical training in Kent. He went on to undertake research into the effects of reperfusion injury following Aortic aneurysm repair at Northwick Park hospital and then completed his higher surgical and vascular training in the south west. 

In order to pursue his interest in endovenous therapies he was appointed a senior vascular and endovascular fellowship at the nationally renowned Freeman Hospital vascular unit in Newcastle and was subsequently asked to take up a consultant post there. Alex returned to the south in 2013 with his young family to assume the post of consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at the Dorset County Hospital, part of the Dorset and Wiltshire Vascular Network. 

In concert with his good friend and colleague James Metcalfe, they have formed the Dorset County Vascular Group and along with their radiologists and associated specialists they continually strive to be champions for excellence and innovation for all their patients. 

Special Interests:
Minimally invasive Venous therapies
Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Pathology – especially endovascular repair
Intermittent Claudication and Peripheral Arterial Disease
Stroke Surgery
Diabetic foot salvage

New treatments introduced:
We offer one stop clinics for the management of venous disease and renal access surgery. This reduces the number of attendances each patient has to make ensuring the patients have their consultation, imaging and management plan formulated with a date for surgery within a single clinic visit.

We offer Day case minimally invasive endovenous radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins as first line therapy in line with current NICE guidance. 

Together with our anaesthetic colleagues we have continued to develop the local and regional anaesthesia service at the DCH. This allows the majority of our renal access and varicose vein patients to remain awake for many procedures as part of a walk in walk out same day discharge service. 


Alt Monday PM Renovascular Onestop; 

Alt Monday PM Varicose vein Onestop (DCH)

Friday PM Vascular Clinic (DCH)

Secretary Shirley White  01305 255480

Belinda Page - Consultant Nurse Specialist in Vascular Medicine

RGN –Southampton University Hospitals 1979
BSc  Nurse Practitioner – Bournemouth University 2003 

I have been a vascular specialist nurse for approx. 15 years. Previously worked for North Bristol Trust before moving here 10 years ago and becoming a nurse consultant 2 years ago. I have a particular interest in leg ulcer management and have been actively involved in community teaching in this subject for many years. I currently run nurse –led clinics 4 times a week seeing GP referred patients for assessment of vascular symptoms including  claudication and leg ulcer clinics.

Special interests:
Leg ulceration
Intermittent Claudication

New treatments introduced:
Teaching and assessment of leg ulcer management including compression therapy and Doppler Ultrasound assessment 

Monday pm DCH

Tuesday am DCH

Wednesday pm Weymouth

Friday pm  DCH 


01305 255898 (direct line with answerphone)

01305 251150 Bleep 464

Other key members of the team

Sabrina Palmer - Vascular Scientist, Qualifying in the US Sabrina has brought all of her knowledge and skills to of vascular unit.

Robert Ward - Consultant Radiologist

Richard Tippett - Consultant Radiologist

Our interventional team offers a comprehensive service including complex pedal revascularisation, deep venous lysis and renal procedures

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