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 30 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. My wife and I founded The VeinCare Centre for the treatment of venous disease and we have gathered together an award-winning team of 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 as a Responsible Officer with the General Medical Council.
GMC Registration Number 2648642
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 Melbury Clinic Ltd
- CQC nominated individual
- Responsible Officer with the General Medical Council
- Specialist Advisor to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- Previously Consultant Vascular Surgeon in the NHS
- Previously Clinical Director of Surgery in Somerset
- Previously Surgical Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England
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.
I am very proud of our Award-Winning VeinCare Team which delivers excellent patient care.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, going to the gym, travel and staying healthy by eating Real Food.
Clinic Operational Manager
I have been a Registered Nurse since 1986 when I qualified from the Bath School of Nursing. The majority of my nursing career has been at Yeovil District Hospital, with my final position being Associate Director of Nursing. During my career, I continued my postgraduate education and achieved an MSc from Bath Spa University, following the Leadership and Management Pathway. Notable highlights of my career so far are: being presented to HRH Prince Edward in 2011; and being a finalist in the Nursing Standard Awards in 2015.
In 2018, I was offered the position of Operational Manager at The VeinCare Centre, which I was very pleased to accept. In this role, I work closely with the Directors, in particular the Medical Director, ensuring that the Clinic operates within the regulatory framework of the Care Quality Commission.
In addition, I am responsible for the training and supervision of our team of healthcare assistants as well as maintaining high standards of care and cleanliness.
I am very proud to lead this small and friendly team who consistently provide excellent care to our patients.
I have over 5 years’ experience as a Healthcare Assistant. I gained the level 3 diploma in Health 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 have been employed at the VeinCare Centre since July 2018 and during this time, I have developed and enhanced my nursing skills, as well as growing in confidence. I have completed administration training and I now provide cover for the clinic when our Office Administrator is away. In addition, I lead the audit programme for the clinic. As part of my ongoing development, I have undertaken training in the care and management of leg ulcers; this has given me the necessary skills and knowledge to work alongside Miss Catharine McGuinness in providing a leg ulcer service for our patients. I feel lucky to work with supportive colleagues in a beautiful location and I always look forward to coming to work.
I qualified as a nurse (RGN) in 1985 and I completed further training in operating theatres, day surgery nursing practice and endoscopy; I worked in endoscopy for 16 years. I then developed a new role for my NHS Trust as an upper gastrointestinal cancer clinical nurse specialist, nutrition nurse and nurse endoscopist, which was both challenging and rewarding. I also attained a BA (Hons) in Health and Care during this time. After 36 years working for the NHS, I made the decision to retire from nursing.
I am now a Marie Curie helper volunteer and having had a ‘gap year’ and time to re-assess my work/life balance, I joined The Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre in June 2019 as a Healthcare Assistant. I feel privileged to be part of a small, specialised team whose aim is to provide high quality, individualised treatments and care to improve the health and wellbeing of its clients.