In December I had the pleasure of attending the Secret Surgery VIP trip to Wroclaw. I was there in my capacity as an aftercare nurse but I am also employed as a manager in the NHS and have my own private aesthetic practice. I was surprised to read the article printed a few days later in The Sun as it bore little resemblance to the weekend I had been on. Whilst I do have an interest in Secret Surgery I am also a registered nurse and as such am bound by my code of conduct which means that I always put the interests of patients first.
Jennifer Tippett was given access to personal information disclosed by individuals who in some cases had told no one else of their journey or indeed any past or planned surgery. Much of what she wrote was embellished or just plain lies, for example no 17 year old who attended had a consultation with the surgeon regarding a ‘nose job’. A huge opportunity was missed to show the fabulous skills of the surgeons at EMC who perform life changing surgery for the patients who choose to go there.
“These are patients who in some cases have already had several consultations in the UK and been exposed to some particularly poor medical practice such as that highlighted in the Keogh report published on 31st December which highlights high pressure sales tactics and ‘special offers’. I did not witness any such practices at secret surgery unlike here in the UK.”
Having met the surgeon individually and had the chance to look around the hospital I must say how impressed I was with their exemplary practices and the beautiful, immaculate and clean hospital, it is such a shame that Jennifer chose not to mention any of this but instead mentioned a patient who had returned to have surgery corrected ‘free of charge’. Again this was simply not true.
Jennifer likened the atmosphere to that of a hen night and if by that she meant a group of women enjoying themselves in a lovely part of the world just before christmas then yes, that is exactly what the weekend was. After all some of those attending had lost huge amounts of weight and were considering more life changing events in the future. Perhaps they should not have been enjoying their new found confidence with new and supportive friends? And perhaps they would have thought twice before opening up to Jennifer if they had realised how biased and superficial her article would be.