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The Team //

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James Metcalfe, MBBS FRCS PhD MBA |

Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon


​Special Interests: Deep Vein Thrombosis and Deep venous disease, Diabetic Foot Salvage, Reno-Vascular Access, Stroke Surgery, Varicose Veins, Open Aneurysm Surgery.


James grew up in Yorkshire and studied medicine in London before moving to the West Country.  He is an innovator and has work with industry around the world developing surgical devices and building his extensive surgical portfolio.

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Alexander Watson, MBBS FRCS |

Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon


Special Interests: Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Pathology, Intermittent Claudication and Peripheral Arterial Disease, Stroke Surgery, Minimally invasive Venous therapies, Axillary hyperhidrosis


Alex was born in the East of England and trained at St. Georges Hospital London before settling in the South-West with his young family. He is a committed professional dedicated to delivering excellence and is a champion for quality in his practice. 

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Richard Tippett, MBBS BSc MRCS FRCR | 

Interventional Radiologist​


Special Interests: Endovascular treatment of aorto-iliac and peripheral arterial disease. Renal dialysis access and fistula maintenance. Venous access, including portocath insertion. Palliative soft tissue embolization for haemorrhage control or pain relief. Renal access for drainage and stone removal. Diagnostic CT and MRI angiography.


Richard trained initially at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, then underwent surgical training before specialist training in diagnostic and interventional radiology at UCLH, London. His interests lie in the surrounding Dorset countryside and coastline, where he spends as much time as possible with his wife and three children.

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Robert Ward, MBBS, FRCS, FRCR | 

Interventional Radiologist


Special Interests: Treatment of peripheral arterial disease with minimally invasive endovascular therapy, dialysis fistula maintenance, embolization of uterine fibroids, varicocoeles and acute haemorrhage. Hepatobiliary, renal drainage and stenting. CT and MR angiography.


Robert was born in South Africa, moving to the UK in 1981. He trained at St. George's in London followed by extensive experience in Surgery, General Radiology and Interventional radiology both here and abroad. He lives in Dorset with his young family, and when not working enjoys outdoor pursuits and the good things in life.


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Belinda Page RGN BSc| 

Consultant Nurse Specialist


Special Interests: Complex ulceration assessment and advice


I have worked as in vascular health for over 12 year with a particular interest in the management of leg ulcers and developed expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment for those wh have arterial and venous disease.  I encourage discussion from community nurses regarding patients and organise leg ulcer management courses. 

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Shirley White | 

Administration lead Vascular Surgery NHS


Working for the NHS as a Medical Secretary for 31 years, and specifically in Vascular health since 1999.  She is an advocate for doctors, nurses and patients seeking help and advice.


'I love walking and feel so lucky that I was born in Dorchester and still live in the area.  I have recently resumed knitting and spend a lot of quality time with my three delightful grandchildren.'


Michelle Moore BSc (Hons) PgDMedUS| 

Lead Vascular Sonographer


Specialist Interests: Vascular Sonography including varicose vein mapping, lower limb arterial assessment and carotid assessment.  Michelle works both in our NHS and Private practice and brings a level of expertise that complex vascular work demands.


In 2009 Michelle and her family moved to live in New Zealand where she developed a passion for vascular sonography.  She returned to beautiful Dorset in 2012.


James (Jimmy) Allen| 

Private Patient Venous Technician


Jimmy is usually involved in our office based intervention at the BMI Winterbourne.  He is a great reassurance to patients having venous procedures and supports them both during and following treatment.


Always with a smile on his face, Jimmy loves to travel and enjoy life to the full, he is a great source of anecdotes to distract nervous patients.

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