Welcome to the Europe Chapter of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, VBF Europe!

Every year in the United States, 40,000 children are born with a vascular birthmark, 85% of which are in the head and neck area. Statistics show us that the incidence is the same in other countries. These birthmarks include:

No one knows why vascular birthmarks occur, but treatment guidelines are changing.

Josie Moore, VBF Europe's Manager

I am a mummy to a beautiful one year old boy called Zachary. He was born with a PWS stain on the left side of his face. He currently hadn't started treatment yet so our journey is only just beginning.

When Zachary was born in Inverness Scotland the doctors had not seen a PWS and I felt they were unsure how to treat this. I was given information from the Internet to read. I was shocked at the lack of awareness and support for people for the UK and Europe so I set up a Facebook support group for people with a PWS in UK and contacted Linda as I wanted to help bring more awareness of Vascular birthmarks over here.

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)
    Mary Glover : consultant paediatric dermatologist
    Tel : 020 7405 9200 (ex 5601)
    Email : mary.glover@gosh.nhs.uk
    Diagnosis and management of : vascular malformations, haemangiomas and laser treatment
    Hilary Kennedy specialist nurse at the birthmark unit.
  • Dr Syed associate specialist
    Bristol: Royal hospital for sick children
    Dr Lindsay Shaw : consultant paediatric dermatologist
    Secretary Laura Carter : telephone 0117 3428808
    Email: laura.carter@uhbristol.nhs.uk
  • https://www.changingfaces.org.uk/Skin-Camouflage
    this is a service based in the UK that helps with skin camouflage make up
  • www.sturgeweber.org.uk
    More info on sturge weber syndrome
  • Facebook support groups
    Port wine stain PWS UK Vascular birthmark foundation

Alderhey Childrens Hospital Eaton Road

Beginning in January 2009, Dr Waner will be visiting Liverpool on a regular basis to see patients and perform sugeries, working in conjunction with Mr Liew Consultant plastic surgeon.

We have a large vascular birtmarks service including a multidisciplinary team and a large vascular service.

Patients may contact:


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Interview with our Greek Surgeon Dr Tombris