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“Varicose Vein Operation Cost Me My Leg”

Lorraine Brewin is now starting to rebuild her life after United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust admitted ‘failures in her care’ following a routine operation to remove varicose veins from her left leg in January 2009 caused complications leading an  amputation.

Grantham Hospital where Lorraine Brewin had her varicose veins operations

Grantham Hospital

The story is reported in the Sun Newspaper today and further details are given on  Grantham News Website. The 46-year-old said: “The last three years have been the … Continue reading »

Free Open Events about Varicose Veins and Thread Veins

The VeinCare Centre regularly holds free information and educational events for the public on topics related to varicose veins, thread veins other vein problems. Our next series of Open Events is planned for 2nd and 3rd March 2013 in Poole, Dorchester, Yeovil and Bristol.

Past VeinCare Open Events have been very well attended and feedback from those who have come has been extremely positive.

The events will consist of a presentation followed by demonstrations and “Question and Answers”.

Those who attend are … Continue reading »

Foam and the NHS – potential for huge savings

Huge Savings Possible

Foam sclerotherapy could save the NHS £millions. That is the conclusion of a large clinical study carried out in the Netherlands. The findings are reported in the August2012  issue of the British Journal of Surgery. Two hundred and thirty patients were treated by ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy and  compared with 200 patients who had had their veins treated by surgical stripping. Two years after treatment the improvement in both groups was similar. However, replacing surgery by ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy … Continue reading »

NHS Not Providing Adequate Training

Vein Specialists in Training

NHS Not Training Vein Specialists

Varicose Vein Treatment is being rationed by the NHS and many people are finding it very difficult to get their veins assessed and treated.

Between 1998 and 2008, the number of patients with varicose veins treated in the NHS fell by over a third!

One of the consequences of this is that doctors in the NHS are not being adequately trained on how to look after people with thread veins, varicose veins and vein complications such as deep vein … Continue reading »

Can I Get NHS Treatment For My Veins?

There is no doubt that getting NHS treatment for varicose veins is very difficult now. For a long time, access to vein treatment on the NHS has been restricted and the criteria for referral are now very strict indeed. Unless your varicose veins are causing complications such as bleeding, phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis or ulcers, it is unlikely that your GP will refer you to a specialist for advice or treatment. If you have thread veins, these are almost always regarded as cosmetic, even though … Continue reading »