The Whiteley Clinic – Feature in “Woman and Home Magazine” – May 2022

Whiteley Clinic - Woman and Home


How to tackle leg veins

Around 30% of us will suffer from varicose veins. They’re nothing to be ashamed of, but if you’re avoiding shorts and knee-length dresses this summer because of leg veins, then it’s maybe time to deal with them. We asked Professor Mark Whiteley, consultant venous surgeon and consultant phlebologist at The Whiteley Clinic to give us the low down.


Varicose veins are a hereditary condition and occur when valves in our leg veins stop working properly, so blood falls down the veins when standing up, rather than flowing upwards towards the heart.

How do you prevent them?

Try not to sit for extended periods of time. To keep your leg muscles in good order, stand up every half an hour and pump your calves by rising onto your toes repeatedly every 60 seconds.

How do you treat them?

Some of the cutting-edge techniques used at The Whiteley Clinic include:

ELA (Endovenous Laser Ablation): This destroys the veins at the root of the problem with laser, under local anaesthetic, as a walk-in walk-out procedure.

VenaSeal: This closes the main vein in the leg that causes varicose veins. Only one needle hole is needed per vein treatment.

Foam Sclerotherapy: Guided by ultrasound, a liquid is injected into the problematic vein. This is effective in treating small varicose veins.



Head Office: 0330 058 1850

Medical Consultancy Room Hire

We are delighted to announce that Litfield House will now be open for Consultancy Room Hire 7 days a week.  Our opening hours are as follows:

Monday to Friday 8.30am – 6pm (excluding Bank Holidays)
Tuesday 8.30am – 8pm
Saturday 8.30am – 5pm
Sunday 8.30am – 5pm

We have limited room availability during the week, but weekends in particular Sundays have a wider choice of room vacancies.  For full information on our rooms (including example photos) and facilities, please click on the following link:


Rooms are available for hire on a sessional basis, for further information, please direct all communicate onto the Practice Manager Trisha Tanner on the following telephone number: 0117 972 1323 or email

Opening of Litfield House – COVID-19

Litfield House Medical Centre has remained closed throughout the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic. We know that the services our members offer to patients are in some cases very important to your health and wellbeing. We will be opening our doors again from the 8th June 2020.

Whilst we want to open to allow some services to resume, this comes with additional safety requirements from our staff, members and you, their customers.

Litfield House has implemented vital safety procedures that must be adhered to when visiting our premises. We want you to feel as safe and comfortable as possible, however, during this time, the safety of all is our number one priority.

When visiting the centre, whether you have previously been before or not, the following will apply:

We will take your temperature and ask you a series of questions before you are allowed to enter the centre. Please ensure that you answer all questions honestly.

You must not enter the Medical Centre if you or any one in your family have had symptoms of COVID19 (As per NHS guidelines) in the last 14 days.

Please bring a suitable face covering such as a mask for the time when you are on site. If you do not have a face covering one will be provided for you.

Only the person attending their appointment will be allowed to enter the building, unless it is imperative that another joins for reasons that you have agreed beforehand.  If the appointment is for a person under the age of 18 or has a disability which requires assistance, this will automatically allow two people to enter at the same time.

Please do not arrive until your appointment time, if clinics are running late, someone will contact you as soon as reasonably possible to inform you of the expected delay. This is because we have limited parking and waiting space outside of the centre, when adhering to the 2m social distancing rule.

Whilst onsite there is a one way walking system, please see signs which are located around the centre.

The use of the lift is for one person only, unless you are being accompanied for the purpose of assistance or the patient is under 18.

If you have any questions prior to your visit, in the first instance please call the number that is on your appointment letter or email conformation. If you are unable to speak to any one, please call Litfield House on 0117 9731323.

The Whiteley Clinic – FREE Varicose Vein Open Evening Date: 19th March 2020Time: 18.30-20.30

Come and find out more at The Whiteley Clinic – FREE Varicose Vein
Open Evening at Litfield House, Bristol on 19th March 2020 from
18.30 to 20.30

The Whiteley Clinic consultants will give an informative talk about varicose veins and other venous  conditions, such as pelvic congestion, spider veins and leg ulcers. You can also ask questions directly of the experts.

These events are designed for those who would like to find out more about their
personal condition and the extent of any venous problems they may have.
Do you suffer with, or think you may have, varicose veins?

Everyone who attends will be offered £50 off their consultation and treatment plan
(terms and conditions apply).
To find our more, or to register your place, please email or telephone 0330 058 1850
Spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.

The Whiteley Clinic
Litfield House Medical Centre
Clifton, Bristol

To view the invitation brochure please click on the following link.

The Rafaelo Procedure?

Discover how to end Haemorrhoid misery at The Whiteley Clinic in Bristol!

The Rafaelo Procedure is a safe and effective treatment for internal haemorrhoids, using the established technology of radio frequency ablation, it gets to the root cause of the condition.

The procedure can achieve the same outcomes as a haemorrhoidectomy, but with the benefits of being a less painful, walk in walk out procedure, performed under local anaesthetic and with a much lower chance of recurrence. This enables the patient to pursue their daily activities almost immediately after treatment.

The standard treatment options for suffers aren’t great. One of the most common procedures is called a haemorrhoidectomy, which is carried out under general anaesthetic and involves a surgeon cutting out the haemorrhoid and removing any excess tissue. This causes significant pain and discomfort post procedure, normally taking a week or so to recover, with a high chance of recurrence.

Unlike these other invasive procedures, The Rafaelo Procedure only takes around 15 minutes and has minimal pain post procedure. It has successfully treated over 2,000 patients over 3 years, with outstanding results and The Whiteley Clinic is delighted to be able to offer our patients this life changing procedure.

Not sure if you are wanting a more ‘lighter tone’, we currently have the below copy coming out in a press ad in the downend voice on Friday:

Are you sitting comfortably?

If you suffer from haemorrhoids (piles), you’ll know how troublesome – and often painful – they can be.

To make matters worse, when over-the-counter creams and lotions don’t solve the problem, the standard treatment options are a range of painful procedures with decidedly mixed results.

Happily, relief is here. The Rafaelo Procedure is a new treatment that is safe, quick and painless with lasting results.

What sets this procedure apart from the norm?

  • Walk-in walk-out procedure
  • Minimal post-operative pain and care
  • Immediate return to daily activities

To see a review of a patient of the Rafaelo Procedure please visit here.

For more information visit or call 0330 058 1850

The Whiteley Clinic Litfield House Medical Centre Clifton, Bristol BS8 3LS