Patient's Day 2016

by Susan Anderson
Marketing Communications Executive

On Wednesday 14th September 2016, Vascutek welcomed four patients to our headquarters in Inchinnan for our fourth very successful Patient’s Day.

In addition to the 120 Associates in attendance, those present were:

  • Mr Paul Holbrook, President and CEO, Vascutek Ltd


  • Mr Donald Reid, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Hairmyres & Wishaw General Hospital.
  • Mr Mark Field, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital.
  • Miss Diane Hildebrand, Senior Registrar, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


  • Reverend David Doyle, Anaconda™ AAA Stent Graft System patient, accompanied by his wife Mrs Alison Doyle
  • Mrs Elizabeth Robertson, Gelsoft™ Patch patient, accompanied by her husband Mr James Robertson
  • Mr William Milne, Fenestrated Anaconda™ patient, accompanied by his wife Mrs Kathleen Milne


Reverend David Doyle (aged 62)
Aortic Aneurysm, AnacondaTM AAA Stent Graft System

Three and a half years ago, Rev Doyle was enjoying life when he was asked to go for an aortic scan at Wishaw General Hospital.

He was scanned by a young trainee radiographer who said to him, “You’ve got one!”

He then asked, “What do I do?” in reference to an abdominal aortic aneurysm that had shown up in his scan, to be told “Nothing”. He only knew of two people with an aneurysm, one who was 95 and he had died; the other was 65 and keeping well. Rev Doyle was monitored for 2 years then referred to Mr Donald Reid and his team who advised they could operate using keyhole surgery.

Rev Doyle had an Anaconda™ AAA stent graft implanted by Mr Reid. His procedure was filmed and the footage was shown at the Vascutek Symposium during Charing Cross 2016, one of the largest international medical congresses attended by Vascutek.

After surgery, Rev Doyle said he felt good, as fit as he did before surgery and didn’t realise that his condition was life-threatening.

Rev Doyle now feels fit and well and is delighted with the result.

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Mrs Elizabeth Robertson (aged 64)
Peripheral Ischaemia, GelsoftTM Patch

Elizabeth Robertson enjoyed going to the shops and going about her everyday life until 2 years ago when she started to get a bit of pain down the back of her legs when walking and would have to stop and rest. Gradually the pain got worse to the point where it was crippling and she struggled to walk at all.

She had a sore on her foot which wouldn’t heal because the blood supply was restricted, adding to the pain and discomfort.

Elizabeth said, “From March until the night before my operation I slept in a chair because as soon as I lay down there was
immense pain.”

Elizabeth had a Gelsoft™ patch implanted by Mr Donald Reid on 7th July 2016, when they reconstructed a few of her leg artieries (iliac stenting and profundaplasty).

Elizabeth’s recovery was almost immediate saying, “I slept in a bed for the first time since March and walked from the bed to the bathroom”.

Her dressing was changed two days later and the sore on her foot was already cleaning up amazingly. Elizabeth also said “I had no pain walking the next day, walked up stairs and down again; no pain and sleeping in a bed ever since.” Elizabeth is now enjoying her life again.


Mr William Milne (aged 77)
Abdominal Aneurysm, Fenestrated Anaconda™ Custom AAA Stent Graft System

William Milne was fit and healthy and worked as a driver of trucks, buses and school buses. Every year after the age of 65, drivers of these vehicles undergo a medical examination which is when Williams’s abdominal aneurysm was identified after a routine angiogram. His condition was monitored and the aneurysm was regularly measured before the decision was taken to operate this year.

William had a Fenestrated Anaconda™ (2 fen) implanted by Mr Paul Bachoo, consultant vascular surgeon, on 5th August 2016 at Aberdeen Royal infirmary.

William said “I’m feeling on top of the world. I was never feeling ill, no symptoms. I now just want to go back to work and do things I usually do.”

Mr Milne and his wife Kathleen met Margaret Graham, a production operator in the Endovascualr Department. Margaret went out of her way to find out who made the Fenestrated Anaconda™ device that William had had implanted, to discover it was herself.

As employees don’t normally get to find out where and to whom their products go, to actually meet the person whose life has been saved by having this device was very emotional for all involved.

William was also given a 3D model of his aneurysm to take home so he could show his family and friends exactly what it looked like; he was overwhelmed by the whole experience.

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After concluding their stories, the four patients were taken on a tour of Vascutek when they had the opportunity to meet and speak with other Associates as well as see the clean rooms where their products had been manufactured. Paul Holbrook then presented the patients with a memento of their special day.

Vascutek’s Patient’s Day evoked many emotions for both Associates and patients alike.

The patients felt an enormous amount of gratitude for the work undertaken by Associates to manufacture products that helped to save their lives and were very pleased for the opportunity to thank Associates personally. For Associates, it was a poignant reminder of the importance of their work at Vascutek to enhance the quality of life for the patient and their families bringing to life Vascutek’s vision, “It’s all about the patient!”

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