BOOK A CONSULTATION
An Initial Consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Specialists costs £250 and includes a Colour Duplex Ultrasound Scan of your legs (for which other clinics charge up to £400).
WHAT THE CONSULTATION INVOLVES
During your consultation the consultant will:
- Perform a colour duplex ultrasound scan of both legs.
They will exhaustively check all the veins in your legs to identify all possible underlying problems causing your varicose veins (i.e. whether you have any faulty valves in your legs).
- Discuss with you directly the results of your scan and the treatment options appropriate for you.
- They will provide you with a proposed treatment plan and discuss the costs involved (all quotes however are to be confirmed with Head Office and sent in writing along with your consultation report).
- All our prices are upfront and fixed, so there will be no nasty surprises when you come to pay.
(95% of our patients require EVLA (NICE recommended treatment for Varicose Veins) at our fixed price)
TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
PLEASE CALL US ON: 01782 753 960
ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN COMPLETE OUR ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM.
We strive to avoid waiting lists and can normally fit you in for consultation and treatment within two weeks. Some times of the year are far more popular than others and particularly in late spring/ early summer there may be more difficulty accommodating you. The best time to organise treatment is in the autumn, winter or early spring. This leaves plenty of time for full recovery before the hot weather and causes least discomfort and inconvenience from wearing compression stockings.
Important note for patients with private health insurance. You will have to obtain an authorisation number from your insurance company prior to attending for treatment. You can by all means book the appointment before you obtain the auth. no. but we will require it in advance of the appointment otherwise you will have to pay yourself on the day and it is unlikely that you will be able to get a refund from the insurer.
The insurers are becoming very reluctant to pay for varicose vein treatments. Despite having full recognition of all our clinics and all our consultants by all the major companies we frequently hear from patients that they have been told that our clinic is not recognised or the consultant is not recognised. They will often try to direct you to a local consultant who has no specialist interest in venous diseases. If you experience any difficulties getting the authorisation number from your insurer please phone us and we can normally quickly sort it out for you. Our office staff are highly experienced and very knowledgeable and are usually able to answer any questions you may have with confidence. If they are in any doubt they will ensure that one of our consultants personally and promptly responds to you.
Consultation and EVLA Treatment on the Same Day
For those patients travelling long distances it is usually possible to arrange treatment on the same day as the consultation. In order to book you in for treatment at the same time as consultation, prior to your appointment we require evidence you've got definite varicose veins indicating that you're highly likely to require EVLA treatment.
If you are insured you will normally need to get a letter of referral from your GP in advance of the consultation but it is your right to have treatment by us without informing your GP. Please discuss any such requirements by phone.
Before undergoing any treatment, it is preferable to have a formal letter of referral from your own doctor. You can attend consultation without having obtained a referral letter.
The letter of referral from your GP should be sent to Veincentre Head Office prior to your appointment or brought with you on the day. (Head Office: Unit 6 Lyme Vale Court, Parklands, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6NW)
We have prepared a leaflet for you to take to your GP as they may be unfamiliar with EVLA and Foam Sclerotherapy. They may also not be aware that interventional radiologists accept referrals directly from GPs.
If you possess images from previous medical investigations (e.g. Duplex ultrasound scans of veins) please also bring these with you to the consultation.
Our Vascular Specialists
We only employ experienced vascular specialists who are consultants in the NHS and have undertaken large numbers of minimally invasive venous treatments. They will be interventional radiologists or surgeons. You may specify which consultant you wish to see.
You are welcome to e-mail specific queries to us in advance of consultation. Please complete our Enquiry Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.