Mr Stephen Blair MS FRCS

Consultant Varicose Vein Surgeon

Research

In 1988 he was the first person to describe treatment of venous ulcers with a 4 layer compression bandage. This is now the gold standard of care internationally.

He has over 60 publications and presentations and has covered different aspects of management of varicose veins and their complications. This includes venous ulcer care, deep vein thrombosis, investigations for varicose veins, use of different dressings and new ways of treating varicose veins.

20 years ago he was the first person to describe sequential avulsion of varicose veins as opposed to stripping, this reduced pain, and sped up recovery rates hugely.

His extensive practice over 35 years has led to improvements in care and he has been an early adopter of new techniques. These have included use of lasers 10 years ago but this was superceded 5 years ago by Clarivein ultrasound guided ablation which is suitable for 85% of varicose veins. Patients can expect a 30 minute procedure under local anaesthetic following which they can return to most normal activities.

Clinical experience.

He trained St Bartholomew's Hospital in London both as an undergraduate and in his early surgical training, Mr Blair worked in Sussex for two years before becoming a lecturer at Charing Cross Hospital where his initial interest in researching venous disease developed.

In 1993 he moved to the Wirral and helped establish a thriving vascular surgery service for the local population.

As a keen educator he became the local Royal College of Surgeons Tutor and served regionally in developing training and educational supervison.

Randomised clinical trials of new treatments of varicose veins have involved over 1000 patients in different trials with published excellent results. He was appointed as an Honorary lecturere at Liverpool University.

His involvement in improving patient care led to being elected as the Chairman of the Consultant body at Arrowe Park Hospital and also elected to represent Consultants from the North West on the BMA central consultants committee.

Outside of work.

He is a keen sportsman, playing regular tennis and golf.

He is Treasurer for Rockofjoy.co.uk which is a charity working in Uganda. The trust runs three schools in deprived areas, as well as encouraging the development a self sufficiency programs through farming etc.

Every two years 30 teenagers are trained, in conjunction with a local church and taken to work in the schools in Uganda so that they can experience the developing world.