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Am I at risk?

Who is eligible for varicose veins treatment?

NHS rationing of varicose/spider vein treatment

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines produced in 2001 suggest GPs should only refer patients if they have one or more of the following symptoms:-

  • Bleeding varicose veins
  • Leg ulceration – active or healed
  • Progressive skin changes
  • Recurrent thrombo-phlebitis
  • Varicose vein symptoms which the GP agrees severely impact their quality of life
  • Treatment of spider veins is not offered on the NHS

Who do I see if I think I have varicose veins?

If you think you have varicose veins you should make an appointment to see your General Practitioner (GP) who will assess your symptoms and decide whether you are eligible for treatment by the NHS.

Budget constraints effectively mean varicose vein treatment provided by the NHS is now only offered to patients with severe symptoms.

All varicose veins will deteriorate over time early treatment may prevent worsening symptoms

If you think you have varicose or spider veins you can directly arrange a appointment with our consultant led specialist team who will advise on the appropriate options.