Mr Neil Hopper
BSc(Hons) MB BCh(Hons) MD(Wales) FRCS(England)
A Welshman who found his way to Cornwall and never looked back!
Neil has been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Vascular Institute for Cornwall (based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro (RCHT)) since 2013 and has been providing private Varicose Vein Surgery at the Duchy Hospital since 2014. Neil was the Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery from 2013 to 2018 and oversaw the modernisation and expansion of the NHS service at RCHT.
Neil graduated top of his year from the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff with a first class degree in Anatomical Sciences and an degree in Medicine with honours. Early in his career he developed an interest in Surgery and following a period of research (gaining an additional Doctorate in Medicine on the way), Neil settled on a career in Vascular Surgery. Before completing his Surgical training he travelled with his family to Sydney, Australia to undertake a surgical fellowship at the prestigious St. Vincents Hospital in Sydney where he gained further experience in all aspects of Vascular Surgery - including advanced open and endovascular (Keyhole) techniques and surgery for trauma.
During his training in Wales Neil was taught the endovenous techniques used at the Cornwall Vascular Clinic and has been using these techniques since 2007. Neil enjoys all aspects of Vascular Surgery and provides a full breadth of arterial and venous expertise.
"I believe that the patient is the centre of everything I do. I hope that my honest, no-nonsense approach puts patients at ease during my consultations and treatments."
"Being a Vascular Surgeon is a tough job - But I'm still young enough to be enjoying this!"
"It's my job to put you at ease during your consultation and treatment - I apologise in advance for my corny jokes and terrible taste in music that is played in the operating theatre. Obviously - if you ask me nicely we will try and accommodate your tastes in music during the op!"
Mr Susan Blamey
Sue is an award winning healthcare secretary who manages Cornwall Vascular. Her experience allows her to answer any questions you may have - and in the unlikely event that Sue doesn't know the answer then she has the contacts to find the answer!
She is dedicated to providing a courteous and efficient service. She provides a public face to the service and, its fair to say, injects the necessary organisation into the venture that clinicians often fail to provide!