The-VeinCare-Centre Team

About Us

The Vein Care Centre was founded to provide the public and referring doctors with the best advice on all aspects of vein treatment. All our staff are highly qualified and have a particular interest in varicose veins and the treatment of related conditions such as spider veins and thread veins.


Dr Haroun Gajraj FRCS

Director and Vein Specialist

I have over 25 years’ experience of treating people with varicose veins, thread veins and other vein complications such as phlebitis, varicose eczema and varicose ulcers. I grew up in Surrey, England and I went to King’s College Hospital Medical School, London. After gaining two undergraduate academic prizes and a scholarship, I was awarded First Class Honours in my BSc in Medical Physiology and Honours in my final medical degree. I started my vascular training at St Thomas’ and St George’s Hospitals in London and it was there that I developed my special interest in vein problems. My mentors were Professor Sir Norman Browse and Professor Kevin Burnand. At that time, they had written the definitive medical textbook on vein problems. Under their supervision and mentorship, I undertook two years’ basic science research leading to the Master of Surgery degree at the University of London. I spent 13 years as a vascular consultant surgeon in the NHS and I am fully accredited as a vascular specialist with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. I left the NHS in 2008 to specialise exclusively in venous disease – the specialty of phlebology. As far as I am aware, I am the only doctor based in Dorset who is in full-time private practice treating people with vein problems. I founded this specialist centre for the treatment of venous disease and I have gathered together a team on experts. In addition to my clinical role in which I provide vein treatments under local anaesthetic, I am responsible for all the medical activities in the Melbury Clinic. I participate in regular business meetings, staff meetings and governance meetings. I am a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the clinic. I am also the nominated individual with the Care Quality Commission and I have my own appraisals with NHS England. I am delighted and proud that the Melbury Clinic VeinCare Centre has been selected as a finalist in the Blackmore Vale Business Awards 2018 in the category ‘Best Online Engagement’.

Training and Experience
  • Medical Graduate of Kings College Hospital, University of London
  • Vascular surgery training at St George’s and St Thomas’s hospitals
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and Venous Forum
  • Founding member of the British Association of Sclerotherapists
  • Director of The VeinCare Academy
  • Director of The Melbury Clinic Ltd
  • Previously Consultant Vascular Surgeon in the NHS
  • Previously Clinical Director of Surgery at Yeovil District Hospital
  • Previously Surgical Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Jane Gajraj


I am Co-Director of The Melbury Clinic and Vein Care Centre. I graduated from University College London in 1980, with a BSc in Psychology. More recently I have worked as a Counsellor, having graduated from BCPC with a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling in 2009. I became BACP Accredited in January 2012. I retired from counselling in December 2016, and now I spend more time in my role as a Director of the Melbury Clinic and Vein Care Centre.

I participate in regular business meetings, staff meetings and staff appraisals and I am a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the clinic. I work closely with the Melbury Clinic manager to regularly review the environment of the clinic.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, going to the gym, staying healthy by eating Real Food and travel.


Maddie Groves

Clinic Manager

I am the Operational Clinic Manager. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1986 from the Bath School of Nursing. My initial position was in a community hospital prior to moving to Yeovil District Hospital in 1988. At Yeovil Hospital, I was involved in the care of patients undergoing both elective and emergency surgery. I continued my post-registration education undertaking both Open University modules and achieving my MSc at Bath Spa University, following the Leadership and Management Pathway in 2006. I finished my career at Yeovil Hospital as an Associate Director of Nursing. Key highlights of my career so far have been being presented to HRH Prince Edward in 2011, and being a finalist in the Nursing Standard Awards in 2015.

I work closely with the directors attending regular business meetings. I am responsible for all the operational activities of the clinic, ensuring that the clinic runs effectively and efficiently. I supervise the staff and their training, ensure the clinic is fit for purpose and that equipment is well maintained. I work with the Medical Director to ensure that the clinic operates within the regulatory framework of the Care Quality Commission, and all the current legislation as it applies to us. I am a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Melbury Clinic, and in this role I am involved in the governance arrangements of the clinic. I am the lead nurse for infection prevention and control.

I am very proud to lead this small and friendly team and I am delighted that the Melbury Clinic is one of the finalists in the Blackmore Vale Business Awards 2018 in the category of ‘Best Place to Work’.


Lisa Parsons

Secretary and Administrator

I have worked as a secretary in a range of organisations including estate agency, aerospace and Formula 1, prior to 15 years as a Medical Secretary at Yeovil District Hospital. Whilst there I worked for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Team before joining the Urology Department after having my daughter. I joined The Melbury Clinic VeinCare Centre in April 2017.

Since my appointment at The Melbury Clinic, my role has expanded and I am now part of the management team, attending regular business meetings with the operational manager and the directors and contributing to decisions that affect how the clinic operates. I work very closely with the manager providing administrative and secretarial support. In addition, I coordinate invoicing, payments and receipts, working closely with our book keeper. I coordinate communications between the clinic and our patients on the telephone, by letter and by email. I provide support to our Healthcare Assistants in scheduling appointments and using our IT systems.

As a small organisation, we all have many ‘hats’ and I have a special role as Fire Warden, ensuring that our fire and smoke detection equipment is regularly checked and that our arrangements in the event of a fire are all in place.

I enjoy being part of a close-knit, highly professional team, intent on delivering a high standard of care to patients. I am proud to say I work at The Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre. I am delighted and surprised to have been selected as a finalist in the Blackmore Vale Business Awards 2018 in the category of ‘Best Employee’.


Natalie Pike

Healthcare Assistant

I trained as an Ofsted-Registered Childminder in 2005 and ran my own business for 10 years. During this time, I continued my studies and I completed NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care. I became a private support worker and I provided individual care, improving my knowledge of paraplegia, epilepsy and learning difficulties. While working with a range of healthcare professionals in varied clinical settings, I have developed a patient-centred approach to care, focusing on quality.

I joined the Melbury Clinic VeinCare Centre in July 2018. I have completed a thorough and rigorous induction programme and, already, I am involved in all aspects of the activities of the clinic. It is a privilege to be part of a highly professional team and I look forward to broadening my clinical knowledge and skills and thereby growing professionally within the organisation.


Lucy Wicks

Healthcare Assistant

I have over 4 years’ experience as a Healthcare Assistant. I gained the level 3 diploma in Heath and Social Care in 2014 and the Care Certificate in 2016. I get enormous job satisfaction from helping others and I am passionate about giving good quality care.

I joined The Vein Care Centre at the Melbury Clinic in July 2018. After a very intense induction training programme, I am now a full member of the team. The first 2 weeks of training were hard work, but I enjoy learning new skills and taking part in the diagnosis and treatment of vein problems. I feel proud to be part of such a happy and caring team.


Laura Spicer

Healthcare Assistant

Having trained as a beauty therapist in 2009, I went on to run my own business for 4 years. More recently, I have worked with the elderly in residential and nursing homes as a care assistant. During this time, I completed the QCF level 2 diploma in Health and Social Care. In these two very different areas of work, I have developed excellent communication skills, which enables me to care for patients in a compassionate and empathic way. Joining the Melbury Clinic has given me the opportunity to acquire more varied clinical experience and to grow professionally within my role as Healthcare Assistant. With support from the team at the Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre, my application to study nursing has been successful. I started my training in Plymouth University School of Nursing and Midwifery in September 2018 and I continue to work at the clinic as a Bank Nurse.


Catharine McGuinness

Vein Specialist

I am a fully trained Consultant Vascular Surgeon who qualified at St George’s Hospital in London. I completed my surgical training in London and then held a consultant NHS post at St Thomas’ Hospital in Vascular Surgery. I have a record of research into vein problems and I have published many articles in prestigious medical journals on venous disease. My particular clinical interests are in minimally invasive (key hole) vein treatments, thrombosis, lymphoedema, leg ulceration and leg spider veins. I am delighted to be part of the team at the Melbury Clinic Vein Care Centre as a visiting vein specialist with practice privileges.

Training and Experience

Qualified at St. George’s Hospital, London 1987 Surgical training on South East Rotation Research at St Thomas’ Hospital and MS Thesis on resolution of deep vein thrombosis Appointed Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at St. Thomas’ Hospital 1999.


Lea Thomas Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons of England, Research Fellowship from Special Trustees for St.Thomas’ Hospital, British Journal of Surgery Research Bursary and Pump-Priming Award from Royal College of Surgeons.

Previous Examiner Posts
  • External examiner for Final MBBS, St. Guy’s Hospital
  • Lead examiner for communication skills for The Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) for Royal College of Surgeons
  • Previous Surgical Examiner and Overseas Surgical Examiner for The Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • ATLS instructor examiner
Teaching and Training

Director of regular local anaesthetic venous surgical training courses in Surrey Lecturer for Physician Associate Diploma course at University of Surrey Proctor for Aquilant.

Previous Teaching Training Posts
  • Foundation Training Programme Director at Royal Surrey County Hospital
  • Advisor to NICE’s Interventional Procedure Programme
  • Course director for St. Thomas’ FRCS course
  • Trust Lead for Simulation
  • Educational Supervisor
  • Specialty Lead for Surgical Simulation for KSS Deanery
  • Trust Lead for VTE
  • ATLS instructor

Chapters in Essential Vascular Surgery, Corson and Williamson: Surgery, Oxford Textbook of Surgery, Comprehensive Vascular and Endovascular surgery and The New Aird’s Companion in Surgical Studies.

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