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Referral to a specialist vascular service

Referral to a specialist vascular service

A specialist vascular service is a team of healthcare professionals who have training and experience in diagnosing and treating varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins that are bleeding your healthcare professional should refer you to a vascular service immediately.

Your healthcare professional should also refer you to a vascular service if you have any of the following:

  • varicose veins that are causing pain, aching, discomfort, swelling, heaviness or itching (whether or not you have had varicose veins before)

  • changes in the colour of the skin on your leg that may be caused by problems with the blood flow in the leg

  • skin conditions affecting your leg, such as eczema, that may be caused by problems with the blood flow in the leg

  • varicose veins that are hard and painful and that may be caused by problems with the blood flow in the leg

  • a healed or unhealed ulcer (a break in the skin that has not healed within 2¬†weeks) below the knee.

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