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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.
GMC No: 6072973
NHS Base: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Raf Patel was appointed a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Oxford University Hospitals in 2012. Raf has been Clinical Lead for Interventional Radiology at this leading teaching hospital and specialist centre in Oxford since 2018. Raf has worked in the Oxfordshire Veincentre clinic alongside Oxford colleagues since 2017.
Raf graduated with ‘Honours’ from the Victoria University of Manchester Medical School in 2003. Raf initially trained in Vascular and General Surgery, successfully becoming a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS Eng). As technological advancements in Interventional Radiology, particularly Vascular, provided increasingly attractive minimally invasive alternatives to open surgery, Raf pursued Radiology training to develop the skills for advanced image-guided ‘pinhole’ interventions. Raf undertook specialist training at the Leeds Radiology Academy and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) with sub-speciality Fellowship-level training in Vascular and Interventional Radiology.
Raf specialises in the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of complex arterial and venous disorders. Raf has published work in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and international guidelines in Interventional Radiology. Raf has presented educational and scientific material at international meetings and also been an invited speaker and tutor at international conferences in Interventional Radiology. Working in a busy teaching hospital, Raf enjoys being a tutor and supervisor for radiology trainees and junior doctors in Oxford. Raf is also a peer-reviewer for scientific journals and an examiner for Oxford University Medical School exams.
Away from work, Raf enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children with shared passions for travel, climbing, cycling and walking to enjoy the local countryside.
Dr Patel has committed to working at Veincentre Oxford on a Monday. If you book an initial consultation with Dr Patel in Oxford, all your future appointments will be with Dr Patel in Oxford. As such, it is important to note that if you opt to go ahead with treatment this will be undertaken with Dr Patel on a Monday (as will all future follow-up appointments).
Occasionally Dr Patel 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 Monday even if a previous appointment was on a different day. If you are unable to attend one of Dr Patel’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 Patel may not be available every Monday.
“I enjoy working at Veincentre because it allows me to provide effective, minimally invasive, modern treatments to a large number of patients at reasonable cost. The collaborative, friendly and supportive working environment at all levels of the organisation makes it easy to focus on achieving the best results for the patient. The best part is seeing patients after their treatment journey and knowing a worthwhile difference has been made to improve their quality of life.”
Dr Raf Patel does not hold a share or financial interest in Veincentre Ltd.
Dr Raf Patel does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at Veincentre Ltd.
Dr Raf Patel does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at Veincentre Ltd.