YET AGAIN, I regret to announce that The Veincare Centre will TEMPORARILY CLOSE with effect from this evening, 6pm, Friday 22nd January.
The spread of COVID-19 is out of control, our hospitals are full and NHS staff are on their knees with exhaustion. The number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators in the UK has reached a record of over 4,000.
I and several members of my team at the VeinCare Centre have previously given many years of service to the NHS and we still have friends and colleagues who work in the NHS. We feel a sense of deep sorrow and distress as we witness the terrible time they are enduring right now.
The treatments and assessments that we provide at our clinic are not life- or limb-saving. Therefore, in solidarity with the NHS, we as a team have decided to temporarily close until the situation improves.
I know many of our patients will be bitterly disappointed by this news. Some may wonder why we have taken this action when we are a healthcare facility, COVID-secure and exempt from the legislation which forces many businesses to close.
There are several considerations:
I do understand that delays to vein treatments cause distress and for some, delays prolong the suffering of living with serious vein problems. However, rest assured that a short delay in treatment does not lead to major deterioration in vein health.
The new COVID-variants are clearly more infectious, and even though we have had no cases of transmission or illness in our clinic with our current COVID-secure arrangements, we feel it is important to suspend clinical activity now until we know more about the variants which are circulating.
Additionally, if any of our patients or our staff were to have an accident on the journey to our clinic, the hospitals may not have the facilities or staff to look after us. By remaining open, we may unwittingly add to the burden on the NHS.
So now is the time for all of us to do our bit, particularly as the vaccination programme is gathering pace and a way out of the pandemic is in sight. That is why we have decided to close temporarily.
With our NHS colleagues in our thoughts, the VeinCare Team and I will remain at home for the time being.
While we are closed, you can still reach me via our contact form. The clinic telephone line is not monitored, so I request that you do not call and leave a message.
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As soon as the situation allows, my team and I will be back to help you with your vein condition.
In the meantime, please stay safe.
Dr Haroun Gajraj