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. My wife and I founded The VeinCare Centre for the treatment of venous disease and we have gathered together a 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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
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 operational 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 lovely close-knit, highly professional team, intent on delivering a high standard of care to patients. We are well supported by our Clinic Manager and the Clinic Directors and I am proud to say I work at The Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre.
Senior Healthcare Assistant
I trained as an Ofsted-Registered Childminder in 2005 and I 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.
Since joining the Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre in July 2018, I have enhanced my knowledge and I have acquired specialist clinical experience, growing professionally into a leadership role as Senior Healthcare Assistant.
I have completed training for Short Wave Diathermy, which is now being offered within the clinic. I am expanding my ongoing development by training towards being able to offer a Duplex Ultrasound Screening Service under the supervision of the managerial team and the Vascular Specialists.
It is a privilege to be part of a highly professional team which delivers a person-centred approach in a beautiful location.
I have over 5 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 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 am undertaking training in the care and management of leg ulcers; this will give me the necessary skills and knowledge to work alongside Dr Cathy 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 as a Health Care 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.
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.