UPDATE: OPEN – all treatments available
Your Health is my Priority
- Be compassionate and calm - Clean hands, open hearts
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
- Keep ourselves and others safe and calm
I want to thank every single person who has supported me and my business throughout this enlightening / testing / weird / sad / scary and confusing time.
I have had so many messages of support and kept in touch with so many that it has added to the intimate and close relationship I have with all of my patients.
Thank you – I am so happy you are well and delighted to be back
Below is the latest lockdown journey updates as they happened..
UPDATE OCTOBER 2020
The country is now experiencing a raised R number and the known cases and hospital admissions in Gloucestershire are rising. There are no known cases in Cheltenham hospitals but I am keeping vigilant.
Currently, the situation is unchanged in my clinic.
I am offering all treatments.
Full PPE and all measures continue with close contact limited to under 15 minutes and all social distancing continuing. It is unlikely that we will be forced to close but I will adhere to all Government guidelines and keep you informed as to any changes in opening or availability.
NEWS UPDATE: 4.40pm Monday 6 July 2020
I’ve just had the all clear from the Environmental Health!!
Back in Business!! All risk assessments and protocols agreed. I didn’t want to compromise my professional status and waited it out.
All appointments stand and I will catch up with everyone from today as soon as I can!! Hoorah!
The Government has officially recognised the clinic is a medically regulated facility.
I have legal agreements from all of my professional bodies, NMC, BACN, Save Face and my Medical Malpractice / Indemnity Insurance.
British Association of Cosmetic Nurses:
Statement from the BACN regarding an announcement from the Department of Health
The BACN is now in the position to formally announce that today, Monday 6th July, the Department of Health announced that the updated legislation does NOT apply to medical aesthetics performed by regulated clinicians following a medical model.
You are therefore free to open your clinics with immediate effect.
The BACN have been working tirelessly to reaffirm the unique position of nurses along with the other medical professionals and are delighted that this has been accepted and endorsed.
Members are reminded to adhere to guidance of Government, Public Health England, our regulatory body the NMC and the guidance issued by the BACN.
and Save Face who accredit my clinic:
The Department of Health has confirmed today that this revision is to provide further clarity
and reach to the beauty sector- it DOES NOT apply to medical aesthetics performed by regulated clinicians following a medical model.
Insurance fully in place.
Validation indeed. Safe (Medical) Hands
Revision 6 July 2020:
Late on Friday, in their latest update on business closures, the Government included the term “aesthetics” with beauty which has caused some to interpret this as aesthetic treatments.
This is probably due to some beauty salons offering aesthetic treatments within a beauty salon setting.
I should not be included in a beauty salon category as I am not one. I am not a beautician and have nothing to offer in the way of any beauty treatments.
I passionately feel that as a Registered Nurse Prescriber, who can manage all treatments and all that this involves, including assessment and comprehensive clinical judgements, with a strong ethical belief, medical independence that I am a medical clinic.
I have implemented all risk assessments and protocols for infection prevention and control as this is what I am medically qualified and trained in as a matter of course. I was ready to go today, Monday 6 July and I have been told not to.
Environmental Health who are tasked with enforcing lockdown our debating this.
I await their verdict somewhat reluctantly and I should hear very soon and as soon as I do, I will open and catch up all appointments with full restrictions and protective measures as always.
Unfortunately, it’s not worth me losing my license and so I am waiting for formal information.
Thank you for your support.
Please see this statement comparing clinical services with beauty salons : Clinic vs Beauty Salon
Revision 3 July 2020
It has been passed as new legislation at 3pm today:
I have been forced to stay closed.
“2020 No. 684
PUBLIC HEALTH, ENGLAND
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020
Laid before Parliament at 3.00 p.m. on 3rd July 2020
SCHEDULE 2 Businesses subject to closure: Regulation 4
7.—(1) Spas, and beauty salons, and for these purposes, “beauty salon” includes any premises providing beauty services including cosmetic, aesthetic and wellness treatments.”
I cannot tell you how frustrated I am. I have had the go ahead from the NMC, all of my professional medical regulatory bodies, environmental health, my insurance.
I have put in place every precaution and am only offering upper face Botox for a month (15 mins max) with full PPE and all precautions.
I have written and implemented all comprehensive risk assessments and policies. I have refurbished the clinic for easier cleaning.
I have hundreds of people booked in from Monday.
3pm on the Friday before opening, we are told to stay closed.
I have been put in a group with beauty salons which offers vastly different services and have no medical qualifications. Although the Govt have not specified medical aesthetics, local authorities may have a view as it is ambiguous.
I am so sorry. I must adhere to legislation – any clinics operating will be forced to close or face prosecution. It is sad that as nurse, we are called on in a pandemic and then not recognised as safest practitioners in aesthetics.
I will let you know when I get a date to open.
Thank you for your support.
Revision 26 June 2020:
Well after much document and policy searching and discussions with my professional colleagues and bodies, I have after all decided to open on 6 July. Provided there is not a surge in cases and increased lockdown measures are brought in again.
This hasn’t been an easy decision to make and I have a full statement further to this email here:
I am not a beauty salon, spa or nail bar and as such am not aligned to their rules as they offer multiple close contact and lengthy services which carry numerous and differing risk factors from my services. (Facials, waxing, massage, re-usable products and creams, broom sweeping of hair, to name a few). With the lift from 4 July for hair salons, I see it reasonable for my medical trained services to be cleared.
Please see this statement comparing clinical services with beauty salons : Clinic vs Beauty Salon
I am offering ONE service which involves full infection control procedures, full PPE and still distanced except just under 3 feet during injection.
My other reasonings are:
- My DI registered Clinic can carry out professional risk assessments as per my professional health care training
- I am experienced in medical infection control measures as a matter of course
- I am offering one treatment only – upper face Botox – which carried little / no risk
- I have sought the advice of other medical colleagues
- Contact is limited to max 10 minutes and with full PPE which minimises risk
- All clinic Covid protocols have been implemented and will be reviewed
- Insurance companies are less ambiguous now and will cover with our medical training and protocols
I hope this reassures you that you are in safe and legal hands and I look forward to seeing you
Thank you for your patience
Revised 25 June 2020
Further to hopes of opening on 6 July, this afternoon, I have sadly had notification from the Government and my Professional Bodies, that they are not allowing our sector to open “until further notice” (it may still be July but no date as yet).
I have previously been consistently advised that we came under personal care; with PPE and as a health care professional, I would be cleared to open from 4 July, provided the disease pattern was improving, which it is. I have booked in appointments under this advice.
I have had formal instructions this afternoon that we now have to stay closed for longer.
If you feel distressed at this news, I can guarantee you that my distress matches and exceeds it as I have booked in so many people in good faith under guidance from this week for 6 July opening.
It will be a huge undertaking to re-schedule everyone but I will do so.
I will refund any deposits if needed but I am hoping to move people rather than cancel, in which case your deposit is still valid and safe.
I ask you to be patient (again) and to understand that I have no choice over this decision, I am forced to comply or else be breaking the regulations, facing prosecution and losing my registration.This disease has wrought havoc on our lives, we just need to continue to wait.
If you see anyone offering treatments before the time I can open, they are either exploiting a loophole (in a guise of providing essential medical care) or acting illegally. Either way, they will not be insured.
I cannot afford to compromise and I am utterly stunned by this news and having to retract a promise.
I appreciate you have been waiting a long time and I have missed working enormously – I am ready and raring to go, but I have been stopped. I am so sorry.
I will try to answer all emails, I need to wait and see as the situation changes every day. Please bear with me
I will be in touch as soon as I know. I am aware of the priority list and the VIP list and the patience you have shown.
Whatever happens, I will re-open when told and whatever order your appointment came, it will stay the same order of being seen, just to be fair.
I have put in additional robust infection control policies and procedures in line with Govt advice and NMC standards. I am using the latest advice CoV 19 updates from the medical professional and Public Health England and will keep an eye out for any improvements I can make. I am bound to my professional duty of care and so you know I will provide you with the best protection available.
The clinic has also had a refurb to install clinical units for increased sanitation and there are new rules which we are all becoming accustomed to now.
This is my reference as it’s constantly under review and is science based, Clinical Advice SARS-CoV2 Gov.UK
The sad fact is there are a lot of salons etc who will have obtained a “certificate” from a supplier which will be a basic introduction to proper infection control. Frankly, it’s a bit of an insult really, when basic nurse training involves effective infection control techniques throughout clinical work clinic / salons will have some protection but I am setting mine to the highest clinical level and have started a robust infection control protocol for safety going forward.
Anyway, at least they’re trying. Just be careful and look after your own safety at all times – it is ultimately your choice to attend appointments but once you are in my care and clinic, it is my professional duty and responsibility to give you the best care.
This pandemic will certainly be a test for all of us in so many ways.
As soon as I get a date to open, I will start the re-opening by
1. Re-booking all appointments which still exist in the clinic diary
2. Re-booking all those cancelled from 23 March 2020
3. Offering a fast booking system for all those who have had appointments cancelled and have been to me before (No new appointments until we have settled back)
Kelly will be on hand to help with all bookings as I will hand the phone back as soon as we ease the lockdown
When I re-open, there will be new conditions which are now sadly our new reality for the foreseeable future.
For the first few weeks after opening,
I will only be able to offer upper face Btx treatments
as I will expect everyone to wear a mask. The other reason for this is it is easier for me to manage clinically and safely with less inherent risk than fillers etc.
Once things settle – and only if they settle, then I will open for the full menu of fillers, collagen stimulation
There will be strict social distancing and reminders on all doors as to how to keep you safe which I want everyone to adhere to.
More on this and special CoV 19 instructions here: Terms & Conditions
More Information about COVID-19 updated here:COVID-19 INFORMATION
I am available to contact through the clinic number if you have any concerns 07887808680 and this obviously includes FaceTime chats too.
Let’s stay well and sensible and see how this all pans out. The biggest long term enemy here is fear, panic and selfishness. Let’s learn about hygiene and health and improve the community spirit of compassion for others more vulnerable.
We will all appreciate our lives and loved ones so much more after this.
Looking forward to seeing you and wishing you all health and happiness.
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14 days self isolation required
Most of us will have Mild to Moderate symptoms. The main interventions are aimed at reducing the spread so that the hospitals can cope. It is infectious and for some a serious illness especially those with pre-existing heart, kidney and breathing problems or immuno-suppressed
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Alison Taylor is a Registered Nurse Prescriber and is highly experienced in medical cosmetic treatments. She has an honest and ethical approach and assesses each person individually and personally.
Alison is trained to an advanced level in facial anatomy and in administering medical cosmetic treatments and has carried out many thousands of treatments. She has a good reputation (see live reviews) and prides herself in carrying out discreet and natural treatments to give you the fresh open look without making it obvious.
Alison is constantly updating her skills to ensure best and latest treatments and has recently started a post graduate L7 degree course in Advanced Clinical Facial Anatomy to further extend her knowledge and safety in practice. You can check Alison’s registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (under her married name Alison Jane Pearce)