Aesthetic doctors help with administering Coronavirus Vaccine – The Telegraph

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM

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The Telegraph

January 2021

Today, The Telegraph’s Beauty Director Sonia Haria reports on The Cosmetic Skin Clinic’s role in the UK’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. As one of the UK’s leading non-surgical treatment providers, The Cosmetic Skin Clinic has now stepped in to support the vaccination efforts. As part of the government’s goal to eradicate the coronavirus, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has also called on cosmetic doctors and nurses to help administer the roll-out of its nationwide vaccination programme.

In direct response to this, management teams at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, along with the clinic’s business partner The Private Clinic, have offered up their medically trained teams to provide immediate medical assistance and vaccine support. Volunteers are being sourced from The Cosmetic Skin Clinic’s professional team of doctors and nurses, as well as The Private Clinic’s team of medical practitioners spread across its nationwide clinical network.

Valentina Petrone, CEO of the combined business group told The Telegraph: “As a business, we have a team of medical professionals and registered clinics located across the UK in the majority of key locations. We have contacted the government and offered our full support to all of our NHS colleagues and friends at this hugely challenging time.”

“The nature of our business also puts us in the fortunate position to already have in-house technologies which allow us to test our staff and patients daily for COVID-19.” 

Thanks to the group’s combined network of medical facilities and its large team of medics, nurses and doctors, it is in a position to offer up instant assistance to aid the national vaccine effort.

The article also reports the aesthetics industry as a whole, is well-placed to provide rapid support, thanks to its network of over 10,000 healthcare professionals and an estimated 6,000 medical facilities. This is precisely why teams like us at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic are redeploying our expert medical skills in offering full support to the vaccination effort.

The President of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (of which Dr Tracy Mountford  is a founder member) has emphasised why the cosmetic industry is proving to be a vital source of support at this difficult time:

“I strongly support all my colleagues in the UK and abroad in their efforts to assist with the Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and roll-out, as well as engaging in educational efforts to promote health and wellness in these challenging times.”

Over the past 5 years, the cosmetic industry has witnessed a period of accelerated growth, with the emergence of multiple clinics, professionals and practices across the UK. Millie Kendall, Chief Executive of the British Beauty Council told The Telegraph:

“The response from the government regarding aesthetic doctors and nurses helping with the vaccine roll-out was very positive. There is no question these are highly skilled practitioners,” who can offer up in-demand support during this crucial vaccination period.

Cosmetic industry groups are hoping to set up a register where aesthetic practitioners can put forward their interest for volunteer support. In the meantime, the BEIS has asked for professionals to submit their details to the following email address: VTF.Support.Offers@beis.gov.uk.

Helena Grzesk, Chief Operating Officer of the British Beauty Council concluded: “The powder and puff reputation we’ve inherited as a beauty sector is a far cry from the realities of the treatments and services we provide.”

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