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1. Spring 2020 Newsletter: Welcome from the SVT President

Welcome from the President

Hello all and welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of the SVT newsletter. I hope you are all well
and keeping safe at these strange and difficult times. This issue of the SVT newsletter maybe be
a little different to the usual but we hope it will provide not only a source of information and
guidance during this Coronavirus pandemic but also include some of the usual content plus
some light-hearted entertainment too.
As a profession I am sure we all have similar worries and anxieties at this current time regarding
the coronavirus pandemic ranging from access to PPE to keeping ourselves, colleagues and
families safe at this time. Information about the global spread of coronavirus is changing rapidly,
and guidance and resources published by the UK Government is being updated regularly. It is
therefore vitally important to ensure you and your colleagues keep up to date with the advice
your individual trusts and employers are releasing as this is pertinent to your local situation and
is also in line with the current government guidelines. Within this newsletter and online at the
SVT website ( we have provided some of the current information and
guidelines from PHE and the NHS which we think members would benefit from.
It is obvious from my own work and other vascular scientists across the country that our normal
working routines have changed massively over the last couple of weeks. Routine outpatient
work has reduced considerably and for some stopped completely, new shift patterns have been
introduced and members are being asked to re-deploy to other department and wards to help
with the increased workloads. This is clearly going to be a challenging time for us all not only
during the pandemic but also once we are out the other side and restrictions are lifted. I am
sure many managers are already looking at their ever-growing pile of routine outpatient
referrals with dread!
I don’t want to sound too much like Boris here but, we will get through this! As a member of the
SVT you are a highly trained skilled healthcare worker and so I am sure whatever challenges you
encounter you will meet them head on as we always have done. If however you feel you need
any specific help or guidance from the SVT or you want to ask a question to the wider Vascular
scientific community please don’t hesitate to contact either myself ( or
post a message on the SVT Facebook group.
In non-pandemic news I would just like to say a late but nonetheless grateful thank you to
Dominic Foy for all his hard work last year as president and for his ongoing support this year.
Also, I would like to give a big welcome to all the new committee members who have started
with us this year, I hope you all settle in well and enjoy getting involved with the society.
Although a number of the plans the executive committee had for the future of the society have
been put on hold for the time being, we are still trying to maintain business as usual where we
can and will update you all with information when and where necessary.
Many Thanks once more for your continued hard work and best wishes,

Lee Smith
SVT President