NICE – the national institute for Health and Care Excellence – published Quality Standard NICE QS67 for varicose veins in the legs in August 2014, nearly 3 years ago. NICE recognises that varicose veins are very common, affecting at least 1 in 3 people and that up to 6% of those affected will develop leg ulcers. NICE published its Quality Standard QS67 to improve the quality of life of people with varicose veins, to prevent progression of varicose veins to varicose eczema, phlebitis and leg ulcers and to reduce the risks of varicose vein recurrence after treatment.
What is NICE Quality Standard QS67?
NICE quality standards are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care. They are derived from high-quality guidance, such as that from NICE or other sources accredited by NICE.
List of Quality Statements in QS67
Statement 1. People with varicose veins that are causing symptoms or complications (including ulceration) are referred to a vascular service.
Statement 2. People with varicose veins who are seen by a vascular service are assessed with duplex ultrasound.
Statement 3. People with confirmed varicose veins and truncal reflux are offered a suitable treatment in this order: endothermal ablation, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, surgery, compression hosiery.
At the Melbury Clinic VeinCare Centre, we have been treating people with varicose veins and working within these quality standards since 2003, 11 years before NICE published QS67. The Melbury Clinic publishes a monthly Quality Assurance report and our performance is measured against Quality Standard QS67.
If you would like more information about any aspect of our QA report, do please contact us. In addition, if you would like to send us feedback about your care at The Melbury Clinic, positive or negative, we are always pleased to hear from you.
There are many ways for you to give feedback
- calling us by telephone
- verbally to any member of staff
- using the contact form on the website
- filling our survey form
- sending feedback directly to our regulator, the Care Quality Commission
- On the independent website, IWantGreatCare
- making a complaint
Here is the NICE Quality Standard QS67 in full:Quality Standard QS67