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Varicose veins are a common problem, affecting up to 1 in 3 adults in their lifetime. They are usually a sign of an underlying venous insufficiency.
Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but are mostly evidenced on the legs and face. They are more common than varicose veins, affecting up to 80% of adults.
Leg ulcers appear as broken skin in the lower leg or feet. We have been successfully treating venous leg ulcers for over 20 years.
Upfront and fixed prices. Find out exactly what you’ll pay before attending. Medical Insurance should fund varicose vein treatment.
We just do veins and are the most experienced clinic in Europe. We strive to provide patients with the best possible service in a friendly environment.
Veincentre Bristol & Cardiff & Oxford & Southampton
GMC No: 4537045
Dr Mark Bratby is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist and was appointed Deputy Medical Director for Veincentre in 2020. He now works exclusively for Veincentre with regular clinics in Oxford, Southampton, Bristol and Cardiff. He performed over 400 treatments (EVLA/Sclerotherapy/Microsclerotherapy) in 2020.
Mark trained at Cambridge University and Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and was awarded Distinction in Medicine. Mark has worked for 21 years in the NHS with 11 years as a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Oxford University Hospital where he was Clinical Governance Lead, College Tutor and Royal College of Radiologists Examiner. He has advised the Royal College of Radiologists through their REAL (Radiology Excellence and Learning) panel which disseminates learning to promote best practice at a national level.
Mark has performed over 300 EVAR procedures, 1000 sclerotherapy and embolisation procedures for vascular malformations and over 2000 angioplasty/stent procedures prior to super-specialising in varicose vein management and treatment. He pioneered the use of sclerotherapy for vascular bone lesions during his time in Oxford.
Mark has written 50 peer-reviewed papers on vascular interventional radiology and presented at numerous national and international meetings, notably being awarded Editor’s Gold Medal for a randomised controlled trial of fibroid embolisation compared to myomectomy.
Mark is a keen skier, leisurely cyclist and enthusiastic gardener. His other passion is opera and he has managed to attend at least one opera performance at both Glyndebourne and Garsington every year for the last 10 years. He gets away for an annual sailing trip with friends and trips over the last two decades have included a night-sail across the channel and sailing adventures around the Firth of Clyde.
Dr Bratby has committed to working at Veincentre Oxford on a Thursday. If you book an initial consultation with Dr Bratby in Oxford, all your future appointments will be with Dr Bratby in Oxford. As such, it is important to note that if you opt to go ahead with treatment this will be undertaken with Dr Bratby on a Thursday (as will all future follow-up appointments).
Occasionally Dr Bratby may open up a list on another day, especially during our busy periods, however, we cannot guarantee appointment dates on any other day than a Thursday even if a previous appointment was on a different day. If you are unable to attend one of Dr Bratby’s dates and hence wish to switch consultants, you will need to attend and pay for a new consultation with the other consultant prior to any treatment being undertaken. Please take care when choosing which consultant/ date to book.
Please note that due to holidays Dr Bratby may not be available every Thursday.
“I enjoy working for the Veincentre as the organisation and support from all the staff allow me to focus on providing the best care to patients. The whole process from the information on the website, to the first contact with Veincentre through to treatment, is seamless and gives patient assurance of a high-quality healthcare provider. There are robust governance frameworks and experience across the organisation to draw on for advice if needed. I wish I was so well supported in the NHS!”
Dr Mark Bratby does not hold a share or financial interest in Veincentre Ltd.
Dr Mark Bratby does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at Veincentre Ltd.
Dr Mark Bratby is our Medical Director and part of the MAC (Medical Advisory Committee) which is a paid role at Veincentre Ltd.