Sussex & London, January 2016 – Internationally-known cosmetic surgeon Paul Banwell announces a UK industry first for cosmetic surgery, with the provision of on-site psychological services in his private cosmetic clinic. The partnership, with consulting psychologist and psychotherapist Gaylin Tudhope for the first time ever in the UK, will offer patients pre and post-op psychological support during their cosmetic surgery journey within the same clinic setting.
The Banwell Clinic based at The McIndoe Centre (part of Horder Healthcare) in Sussex but also operating in London, offers a full range of non-surgical treatments and anti-ageing solutions as well as cosmetic surgery but up until now patients referred for psychological support have needed to travel elsewhere. This new integrative approach means patients can be seen in the same place with all the healthcare professionals being in one place.
‘We always strive to offer our patients first class medical and nursing care but now, not only can we offer first class psychological support, it is actually provided in our own lovely clinic surroundings’ comments Paul. ‘We have wholeheartedly supported many of the recent Keogh recommendations and we are delighted that Gaylin has joined our team’.
The partnership is an innovative, advanced response to the independent review of cosmetic surgery by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, which recommended better regulation, training and professional support in the cosmetic surgery industry to benefit those patients undergoing cosmetic procedures
With the ever increasing pressure to have ‘the perfect, designer body’, the rise of body dysmorphia as well as social pressure in young men and women, Mr Banwell and Gaylin Tudhope aim to significantly improve the chances of their patients getting a balanced and realistic idea of what can be achieved through surgery and what, ultimately, is right for them.
The new offering, which is also in line with the Royal College of Surgeons guidelines, include a rigorous assessment for patients with pre-procedure discussions including the disclosure of all relevant history, such as eating disorders, as well as the documenting of signs and symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The psychological factors contributing to the motivation to undergo the procedure and expectations of outcome are also assessed.
Paul Banwell, Consultant, Plastic and Cosmetic surgeon, said “The decision for cosmetic surgery is always a significant one. Life choices and physical changes from cosmetic surgery need careful guidance, thought and reflection. Here at The Banwell Clinic, we always wish to ensure that our patients make an informed decision and have a positive outcome”.
Gaylin Tudhope, consulting psychologist and psychotherapist at The Banwell Clinic, said “Our aim is to offer well-founded professional advice and counsel, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care suited to their needs and correctly address their reasons for change.”