A Bristol-born professor, who is a world leader in the treatment of varicose veins, has opened a specialist private clinic in his home city.

Professor Mark Whiteley, who was born in Brislington and went to school in Henleaze, has opened the Whiteley Clinic at Litfield House Medical Centre in Clifton, where a team of specialists will carry out surgical and non-surgical treatment of varicose veins and venous conditions.

It is the third clinic of its kind in the country and follows on the success of The Whiteley Clinic in Guildford and London.

Said Professor Whiteley: “It is special to me to open the clinic in my home city. I was born and went to school in Bristol and then moved to Bath later on so when I decided to open a third clinic Bristol was my top location choice.

“The clinic will serve people in the South West who find it difficult to get to Guildford or London for investigations and treatment."

Professor Whiteley was the first consultant surgeon to introduce minimally invasive varicose vein surgery techniques in the United Kingdom when he performed the first procedure in 1999. Chief vascular technologist Judy Holdstock, who assisted in the first operation, is among the specialists working in Bristol.

Consultant vascular surgeon Mr Mike Rocker will lead the Bristol team with some of the procedures being carried out by Mark Whiteley when he is in the city. He is in demand worldwide at conferences on the subject and splits his time between the three clinics.

The Whiteley Clinic will be open to the public for a special open day on Saturday 27 September where consultants will be giving free 10-minute one-to-one sessions where they will offer scans and advice to anyone worried about any venous conditions. To register for this event contact nancy@thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk For more information about Professor Whiteley, The Whiteley Protocol or the Whiteley Clinic visit www.thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk