The Importance of being CQC Registered

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We are very proud of being registered with the Care Quality Commission, but not everyone knows what this means, so in this week’s blog post we are going to explain who the CQC are and how we work with them.

The Care Quality Commission in their own words:

  • Are ‘the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.’
  • They ‘make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.’

One of our key principles is to maintain the highest standards of care with a medical leadership team. For this reason, we invite external regulation to ensure that we conduct ourselves with excellence at all times and are always striving to improve our services. The CQC carry out audits, spot checks and inspections of practices to ensure that their standards of care are being upheld.

We also know that it is very easy for a practice to self-promote their standards of care as higher than they might be, however inviting the scrutiny of an independent regulator means that this claim can be trusted and validated.

When you’re looking for a clinic to carry out a cosmetic procedure for you, we thoroughly recommend making sure that they are registered with the Care Quality Commission so that you know you are in safe hands.

For more information or to speak to a member of our team, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Keeping your Cosmetic Surgery Secret

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Cosmetic treatments are incredibly popular, with tens of thousands of people in the UK choosing to get treatments every year. More and more people, including celebrities, are talking openly about their treatments so there is no need to feel that you can’t too. Talking openly with friends and family can be a great way to relieve any tension you’re feeling both before and after treatment. However, if you’d rather keep it to yourself that’s absolutely fine too.

Subtle means successful

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we pride ourselves on ensuring our treatments give subtle natural looking results that aim to boost your confidence. Not making more drastic changes means your treatment is more likely to go unnoticed.

Give yourself enough time to recover

All treatments are different and each individual’s recovery time will vary, however if you can get a good idea of the average down time of your treatment this will enable you to make better plans for your recovery. And if you really want to, you can wait until all signs of having the treatment have gone or can be easily covered or concealed.

Talk to someone you trust

With treatments that are more intensive you might want to talk to someone before, during and after your treatment. We have a partnership with a Psychotherapist who you can make an appointment with to help council you through the process. This service is not exclusive to any treatment so if you’d like an appointment with our Psychotherapist please just ask.

Call us if you need help

Each individual recovers differently so even our best predictions can’t be accurate. If you are feeling like your recovery is taking longer than expected or you have any concerns please give us a call on 01225 700072.

How to get the most out of your Consultation

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If you’re thinking about visiting a Cosmetic Clinic for a consultation here here’s our guide to certain questions you can ask when you make a booking and during your consultation, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your appointment.

Questions to ask before booking your consultation:

1. Is there a consultation fee?

Lots of clinics operate using different policies, some offering free consultations and others opting to charge. At Snowberry Lane Clinic, we charge a £30 holding fee for your first consultation. This means that the cost is refunded from your first treatment if you choose to go ahead.

2. Will the person I see during the consultation also carry out the treatment?

It’s good to know that the person you have your initial consultation with will also carry out your treatment. Cosmetic surgeries are very personal, and this ensures you have the opportunity to meet the practitioner and make an informed decision if you’d be comfortable with them treating you.

3. What is the level of experience of the Practitioner?

It’s always reassuring to hear that the person treating you has a wealth of experience, so a great question to ask when approaching clinics for a potential consultation. Snowberry Lane Clinic has been established for over 17 years now and our practitioners have experience over and above these years.

Questions to ask during your consultation:

1. What is the cost of the treatment?

This is something that you might be able to get a guide to over the phone before you go in for a consultation. However, many treatments are unique to each individual so the price would be determined during the consultation after the practitioner has seen the area that needs treating, and spoken to you about what you’re looking to achieve.

2. What is the aftercare for the treatment?

One of the best ways to understand the impact of a cosmetic treatment is to go through the aftercare needed for the procedure. This will tell you the possible side-effects, including what to expect and anything you might not be able to do following your treatment.

To speak to one of the team today, give us a call on 01225 700072 or click here to arrange a call back at your convenience.

The Importance of Self-Care

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Now more than ever, nurturing your physical and emotional well-being is of utmost importance. Here’s our handful of hints to help you support you in your quest for better self-care.

  • Start with a smile

Carve out a mini morning routine for yourself that involves something that brings you joy. This could be anything from stretching, to listening to a piece of music that you love or enjoying you favourite cup of tea or coffee.

  • Stay hydrated

This one is super simple, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only is it good for your mind and your mood, but hydration is also excellent for your skin and will help you to look and feel your best.

  • Hold yourself high

Focusing on maintaining a correct posture can not only help to prevent aches and pains, but also boost your self-esteem, helping you feel and appear more confident.

  • Keep on moving

Make time each day to move and accelerate your heart rate, this could be anything from a brisk walk to a gym session.

  • Switch-off

Create boundaries around screen time, a constant stream of emails, texts, calls, and social media can increase stress and take you out of the moment. Switching off for as little as 15 minutes a day can help you to relax and stay present.

  • Treat yourself

Indulge in the things that make you feel good, whether that’s reading, having a bath or catching up with a friend. We offer some wonderfully relaxing treatments such as our Epionce Soothing Facials or Microdermabrasion that will leave your skin glowing.

  • Sleep well

Give yourself the opportunity to sleep between 7-9 hours a night, During sleep, your brain eliminates toxins, consolidates memories, and builds new neural pathways meaning you can practice self-care whilst you are dreaming!

For more information or to make an appointment, please give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at: enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

New Year 2021

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Happy New Year from the team at Snowberry Lane Clinic. We’ve got some exciting plans for 2021, including the introduction of some new and exciting treatments so keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.

We’re all rooting for an excellent year after quite a tough 2020, so wanted to start with some resolutions. It feels great to start the year with good intentions, but these can easily give way to disappointment if we feel like we are falling short. We’d like to share our framework to making this year’s resolutions as achievable and rewarding as possible:

  • Don’t try and tackle too much at once, keep you list short, ideally 5 items or less – one goal achieved will feel better than ten missed targets.
  • Break any large goals into smaller parts with timings where possible. This will give you small victories along the path to achieving your main aim.
  • Reward yourself when you complete things that contribute to the overall goal.
  • Share your ambitions with people that you trust, this adds the element of accountability to help you stay on track.
  • Don’t give too much weight to minor set-backs, don’t let them derail your efforts, accept them and move on.

Year on year the most common resolutions in the UK focus on fitness and weight loss. If you are looking for a bit of help or advice in regards to fitness and weight loss please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 01225 700072.

Christmas Close-down

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We’d like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The clinic will be closed for Christmas from 4pm on Thursday the 24th December until Saturday the 2nd of January 2021. We look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.

Gift Vouchers

If you’re stuck for an idea for a thoughtful gift for a loved one, why not get your friend or family member a Gift Voucher for Snowberry Lane Clinic? We can create a bespoke voucher for you for any denomination that will be valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Best for existing clients:

If you know someone who already comes to the clinic for treatments, then a voucher of any denomination to contribute towards this cost would be a very thoughtful gift.

Best for new clients:

If a friend or family member has spoken about wanting to come to the clinic, but hasn’t made that final step, then a £30 voucher for a consultation is a very popular choice.

Give us a call on 01225 700072 if you’d like to organise a bespoke Gift Voucher for you.

Our clinic will remain open

With the recent changes to Government guidelines, we want to update you on what that means for appointments at Snowberry Lane over the next few weeks.

We are pleased to inform you that we are able to remain open during the restrictions and will continue to treat as many clients as we can within the parameters of the government guidelines.

Why Are We Allowed To Stay Open?

We pride ourselves in providing patients with clinically proven treatments and products in a safe, medical environment. Not only is our clinic Care Quality Commission registered and compliant, but all of our doctors are registered by the General Medical Council.

According to the latest government guidelines, this means that we are classified as a medical provider and can carry out some of our medical treatments throughout lockdown.

The following measures and precautions are in place throughout our clinics to allow us to remain open safely:

✓ CQC registered with all procedures taking place in a clinical environment

✓ Daily COVID-19 temperature checks

✓ Track and trace system

✓ Social distancing

✓ Strict hand hygiene for all employees and patients

✓ All our employees will be wearing appropriate PPE for the best protection possible

✓ Thorough cleaning and disinfecting with a high-grade disinfectant between each appointment

What Do You Need To Know About Your Appointment?

Our team is currently working hard to contact all of our booked-in clients to confirm that their treatments and appointments can continue as planned, or rebook where necessary. As you can imagine, we have lots of clients to call so please bear with us while we get in touch with all affected clients over the next few weeks.

Our clinic is operating in the safest COVID-secure environment possible with industry leading safety protocols in place so when you do visit us you know you will be in safe hands.

We will continue to keep you up to date with all the latest information via email and on our website, but you can also follow us on social media for the latest news.

From all the team at Snowberry Lane, we thank you for your continued support.

Clinic Update 02.11.2020

Following the latest government announcement, we want to reassure you that Snowberry Lane Clinic will remain open until further notice, with your safety at the heart.

Please feel free to continue to attend your appointments as normal, we are operating in the safest COVID-secure environment possible with industry leading safety protocols in place. We always have, and always will provide the highest level of safety and care in our clinic.

As we navigate through these challenging times, our passionate and knowledgeable teams will continue to keep you up to date with all the latest information regarding new and existing bookings.

Look out for further information that will be shared tomorrow with details of our plans from Thursday onwards.

From all the team at Snowberry Lane Clinic, we thank you for your continued support

Welcoming you back to the clinic

We are open for business and looking forward to seeing you. We’ve been open since the beginning of August, so we’ve had time to learn how to best work with the new guidelines and protocols. We’re doing everything in our power to ensure that you are safe when you visit, so that you feel confident to trust us with your cosmetic needs.

Below we’ve outlined some of the measures that we are implementing to ensure that our clinic meets the highest standards of health and safety:

Before your appointment

In line with Government guidelines we ask that all clients visit the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19/ and download the NHS COVID-19 app ahead of visiting the clinic so that you can check-in on arrival.

Before your appointment we will go through a comprehensive questionnaire with you to ensure that you are in good health to attend the clinic. You must have an appointment to attend the clinic, we are not open for impromptu visits. If you require a product, please call us on 01225 700072 and we will make arrangements for you to collect the item at your convenience.

Staff monitoring

As well as ensuring that you are well enough to visit, we are also monitoring our staff daily to ensure that they are well enough to treat you. This includes questionnaires and temperature checks. No member of the team will attend the clinic if they are presenting any symptoms and they will isolate at home for 14 days as per NHS advice.

On the day of your appointment

  • Only clients with pre-booked appointments are able to come into the clinic.
  • Please attend your appointment unaccompanied.  
  • Upon arrival, you will have to ring buzzer to gain entrance
  • Your temperature will be taken and a questionnaire will be given to complete.
  • You will be asked to wash your hands and wear a face covering or mask for the duration of the appointment.
  • We ask that you do not bring personal possessions to the clinic.
  • Please limit the wearing of jewelry.
  • Minimal or no make-up should be worn.
  • Laser Hair and Tattoo Removal clients are asked to remove hair before their appointment.
  • Toilets are closed to public unless in the case of an emergency.

Social Distancing

Our appointment times are staggered to reduce the number of clients in the clinic at any one time. Our waiting area seating is spaced appropriately to help you maintain social distancing practices, so please respect these guidelines in the clinic.

Hand Hygiene

We are enforcing strict hand hygiene for all employees and clients, requiring them to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before all treatments, and any activity that could result in hands becoming contaminated. The clinic also has regular hand sanitising dispensers for client use, on arrival and before leaving our clinics.

PPE

Our employees will all be wearing full PPE appropriate to their department offering protection for them and for you. We will be providing clients with face masks on arrival to wear for your appointment.

Cleaning and disinfecting

We use high grade disinfectant have introduced more frequent and thorough cleaning with time built in between each appointment to clean our treatment rooms before the next client arrives.

During your treatment

Our medical teams have undergone training to ensure that they follow strict medical protocols when delivering treatments to ensure the safety of you and our staff.

Infection Control Audits

We have introduced a regular infection control audit to ensure our clinics are COVID-19 secure and in line with Care Quality Commission standards.

Staying up to date

We will continue to keep you updated via email and our website, but you can also follow us on social media for the latest news as well as lots of helpful tips and advice. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need any reassurance please don’t hesitate to call us on 01225 700072 or e-mail enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk