Mr Alastair Lewis

Mr Alastair Lewis

BSc (Hons) MB BCh BAO MD FRCSI

General Surgery

Recommended by 1 specialist
27 years of experience
13 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

5

Bedside Manner

5

Explanation

5

Top feedback

“I am a man in my late 60's. Since I was about 18 years old, I had a troublesome varicose vein running the whole inside length of my left leg. This eventually led a fair number of years ago, to the whole length of the vein needing to be treated due to a bleed from raised spider veins at my left ankle. This was carried out on the NHS but it was not a great job and I discovered much later that the vein had never been  properly closed off. The bulging vein  became worse and I was eventuall seen by another Consultant who placed me on a waiting list which resulted in me being seen by Mr Lewis at the private clinic on the Lisburn Road. I found Mr Lewis to be a lovely gentleman with a very warm, friendly and down to earth manner. He was easy to talk to and he explained everything clearly and simply. Basically he was improving upon a poor job, and he did this sucessfully with no pain on my part. As can happen with time, new veins had developed with new bulges to my shin and small veins at my ankle had developed a high risk of further bleeds. I contacted Mr Lewis via the Hillsborough Private Clinic. I could have received treatment from him on the NHS fairly urgently due to the risk of a bleed but chose to start treatment privately within two weeks of my assessment at the clinic, which was much sooner and local for me. Once again, he has sucessfully treated the problem with a couple of appointments at two-week intervals followed by a review appointment, where a little additional treatment was carried out. All of this was carried out with great skill and without any pain for me. Mr Lewis is THE expert in this field. He is also very pleasant and easy to communicate with and I have every confidence in wholeheartedly recommending him to anyone considering treatment.“
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Subspecialty

  • Vascular Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4204877
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £165

    Follow-up appointment: £90

    Practices worked at

    Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast

    801-815 Lisburn Road, Belfast, United Kingdom, BT9 7GX
    431 reviews

    Hillsborough Private Clinic

    2 Main St, Hillsborough, United Kingdom, BT26 6AE
    8 reviews

    Fitzwilliam Clinic

    70 - 72 Lisburn Road, Belfast, United Kingdom, BT9 6AF
    3 reviews

    North West Independent Hospital

    Church Hill House Main Street Ballykelly, Limavady, United Kingdom, BT49 9HS
    2 reviews

    About

    Mr Lewis is one of a small number of full-time varicose vein practitioners in the UK and Ireland and the only one working in Northern Ireland. He was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon in 2007 and in the subsequent few years helped oversee the introduction of keyhole varicose vein treatments in the Southern, Western and Northern Trusts. He played a central role in the development of Northern Ireland’s Regional Varicose Vein Treatment centres in 2017. He continues to work with the regional service in the NHS on a part time basis where he delivers over 250 keyhole varicose vein procedures and a similar number of outpatient consultations per year. 

    Additionally, he has a large private practice in both the North and South of Ireland. He sees and treats around 500 private patients per year with a broad mix of cosmetic and more troublesome veins. He is happy to offer consultations and treatment for veins on all parts of the body.

    He is recognised nationally as an authority in the management of venous disease and has been invited to speak on the expert management of varicose veins at both the Royal Society of Medicine’s Venous Forum and at the British Association of Sclerotherapy.

    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Foam Sclerotherapy
    • Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (ELVA)
    • Microsclerotherapy for thread veins
    • Varicose veins surgery
    • Thread Veins
    • Varicose Veins

    Procedures

    • Foam Sclerotherapy
    • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
    • Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
    • Microsclerotherapy for Thread Veins
    • Varicose Veins Surgery
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    Special interests

    • Varicose Veins
    • Painful Legs
    • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
    • Swollen Legs
    • Thread Veins
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    Education

    BSc (Hons) Queens University Belfast 1992

    MB, BCh, BAO Queens University Belfast 1995

    MD Queens University Belfast 2005

    FRCS (Gen) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007

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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Varicose Veins
    10/19
    Foam Sclerotherapy
    6/19
    Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
    3/19
    Painful Legs
    3/19
    Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
    1/19
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
    I am a man in my late 60's. Since I was about 18 years old, I had a troublesome varicose vein running the whole inside length of my left leg. This eventually led a fair number of years ago, to the whole length of the vein needing to be treated due to a bleed from raised spider veins at my left ankle. This was carried out on the NHS but it was not a great job and I discovered much later that the vein had never been  properly closed off. The bulging vein  became worse and I was eventuall seen by another Consultant who placed me on a waiting list which resulted in me being seen by Mr Lewis at the private clinic on the Lisburn Road. I found Mr Lewis to be a lovely gentleman with a very warm, friendly and down to earth manner. He was easy to talk to and he explained everything clearly and simply. Basically he was improving upon a poor job, and he did this sucessfully with no pain on my part. As can happen with time, new veins had developed with new bulges to my shin and small veins at my ankle had developed a high risk of further bleeds. I contacted Mr Lewis via the Hillsborough Private Clinic. I could have received treatment from him on the NHS fairly urgently due to the risk of a bleed but chose to start treatment privately within two weeks of my assessment at the clinic, which was much sooner and local for me. Once again, he has sucessfully treated the problem with a couple of appointments at two-week intervals followed by a review appointment, where a little additional treatment was carried out. All of this was carried out with great skill and without any pain for me. Mr Lewis is THE expert in this field. He is also very pleasant and easy to communicate with and I have every confidence in wholeheartedly recommending him to anyone considering treatment.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Definitely put me at ease and informed me in detail of the procedure process I was to have. Good aftercare advice also. Thanks so much
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Dr Lewis is very calm and friendly and is happy to answer all the questions you might have about the procedure, he's an expert in his field and very down to earth
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Mr Lewis is a gentleman very professional talks u through every thing he is doing and what to expect post treatment wouldn’t trust anyone else
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Explanation (5/5)
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    Excellent service. Very professional and friendly manner. Have been a patient several times before and would highly recommend.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
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    was very calming and explained the process clearly I am happy with the results
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
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    Straight forward, clear explanation, pleasant manner, thanks, I will see you running some day!
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
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    Alastair made me feel very at ease
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
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    Professional and worth it
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Very good at explaining treatment options and what would be best for me. During procedure talked me through the process. Happy to do follow up when I had issues post op
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 specialist
    Mr Zola Mzimba
    Mr Zola Mzimba
    General Surgery
    Is a colleague

    "What this Gentleman doesn't know about injecting veins isn't worth knowing"

    07-12-2021

    Recommended for:
    Varicose Veins

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