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Vascular Services

Severn Unit and Richard Downing

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire vascular unit provides an emergency and elective service for patients with arterial and venous disease. All of our patients have access to comprehensive vascular and endovascular treatment options.

Our vascular specialists treat the following vascular conditions:

  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Visceral and Peripheral Aneurysms
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Dialysis Vascular Access
  • Venous and lymphatic disease including varicose veins

All major arterial interventions are carried out in the specialist centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital (WRH). The Vascular Unit at WRH has a dedicated Vascular Laboratory, Vascular Ward, Vascular Enhanced Care Unit, Operating Theatre and Interventional Radiology Suite. We are in the top 10 busiest units for aortic surgery in the UK.

Outpatient clinics and vascular laboratory services are carried out in Hereford, Worcester, Redditch, Kidderminster, Malvern and Evesham. Day-case procedures are performed in Kidderminster, Redditch and Hereford.

Eight consultant vascular surgeons are supported by surgical trainees, a specialist nursing team, podiatrists, clinical vascular scientists, specialist ward nurses, vascular anaesthetists and interventional radiologists to deliver high quality vascular care for the Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Powys population.


The vascular unit has an evidence based approach to clinical care and a focus on research to better understand vascular disease through research.

Clinical research and the islet laboratory research programme have produced award-winning presentations at national scientific meetings and papers published in academic journals.


The unit has a keen interest in vascular education and runs the National Course for Exam preparation. It has also recently organised the Worcester Aortic Symposium.

Meet the team

Meet the Vascular Servces team

Consultant Vascular Surgeons

Mr Julien Al Shakarchi - secretary 01905 760874

Mr Amarjit Atwal - secretary 01905 760874 or 01432 364130 (Hereford)

Mr Adnan Bajwa – secretary 01905 760714

Miss Natasha Charlwood - 01905 760752 or 01432 364130 (Hereford)

Mr James Cragg - secretary 01905 760725 or 01432 364130 (Hereford)

Prof. Richard Downing - secretary 01905 760725

Mr Stephen Goodyear - secretary 01905 760714

Mr Isaac Nyamekye - secretary 01905 760752

Find out more

We offer an AAA screening programme for men during the year they turn 65. If you’d like to be screened, please go to the AAA screening programme for more detail.

Useful links

There is more information about AAA on the NHS Choices website:

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

The Circulation Foundation’s website has useful information about vascular disease:

Circulation Foundation