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2018-07-05

Top 5 treatments for hardworking nurses

Happy 70th birthday to the NHS

A lot can be said of the value that our National Health Service brings to our country. Since July 1948, NHS doctors, nurses, and paramedics have worked tirelessly and selflessly to care for us and our families, with no complaint of the long hours, sore feet and overflowing bedpans. But to keep our doctors and nurses shining bright, we need to look after them for a change. Here’s 5 of our favourite treatments to soothe the minds and bodies of hardworking doctors, nurses, and our emergency services. 

For when you’re on your feet all day

On average, our superhero health service deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours¹. Often seen with a sandwich in one hand and a cannula in the other, a two-minute sit down is an acceptable lunch break for a nurse (unless the buzzer goes off on bed 2). The physically demanding nature of the job can take its toll on the lower body- especially the feet, ankles, and calves.  

Varicose vein removal treatment

It’s not uncommon for nurses to experience discomfort in the legs due to swollen or twisted veins. When the valves inside the veins stop working, blood collects and causes them to bulge underneath the skin- a condition that nurses know well- varicose veins. If you have varicose veins symptoms, you may be experiencing the following:

·   Dark blue or purple veins in legs

·   Swollen legs and/or ankles

·   Aching, throbbing or heavy legs

·   Skin sensitive to the touch

·   Muscle cramp in the legs and/or ankles

.   Dry and itchy skin around the affected vein(s)

Treatment for varicose veins rarely involves surgery, and instead can be combatted with quick, FDA approved laser techniques. At Transform, we’ll carry out an ultrasound test to diagnose the cause of your varicose veins. Once we know, we will select one of three treatments- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Radiofrequency VNUS Closure, and Vein Avulsion.We’ll get your legs feeling back to normal so you can go about your shifts with a regained sense of comfort. Read more about varicose veins treatment here

For when your time is precious

The `me time` of an NHS worker is precious. Whether working on a ward, in outpatients, A & E or leaping into an ambulance to attend urgent help- doctors and nurses work unsociable hours and are left with little time to enjoy themselves (especially in the summer- booze-fuelled nights and football aplenty). Often the last thing they want to be doing is laborious tasks such as shaving, waxing, and visiting the gym.

Laser hair removal

Preening excess hair can be costly and time-consuming, especially for men and women who have very thick or dark hair. Laser hair removal can provide a longer-lasting solution. At Transform, we regularly perform this treatment on both women and men of all skin types. It’s suitable for almost any part of the body including your arms, back, cheeks, chest, chin, ears, eyebrows, face, legs, bikini line and underarms. 

CoolSculpting

You couldn’t ever accuse a doctor, nurse, or paramedic of slacking on the cardio. But for those who would like to shape and contour small areas of the body (without spending hours in the gym), CoolSculpting is a quick and non-invasive way of doing just that. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved treatment based on Cryolipolysis® fat-freezing technology and is favourable for its minimal downtime and effective results.

For when you’ve been working on a hot ward

As nurses know, the skin is the largest organ on the body. Environmental factors such as stuffy rooms, air conditioning, and a lack of natural lighting can affect the way the skin looks and behaves, in turn making us feel a little tired and worn down. The body can also get dehydrated very quickly if you are not reaching for your water bottle, which can also contribute to skin fatigue.

Chemical facial peel

Looking refreshed on the outside can make you feel good within, especially if your skin is feeling dry, oily or irritated after a long shift. Over the years, dead skin cells can accumulate on your face and clog the skin, particularly if you spend long periods of time away from fresh air and natural sunlight. Chemical facial peels are a way of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, allowing new, healthy cells to grow back. At Transform, we use different types of peel such as Glycolic and TCA, starting from the Obagi `Light Refresh` to products which penetrate the dermis. Facial peels can be used to help rejuvenate skin around the eyes and mouth and on the face, neck, hands, forearms and chest. 

Hyperhidrosis treatment

Rushing around a hot ward can cause an increased amount of sweating and stress. While it’s normal to sweat when we’re feeling hot, stressed or anxious- some people perspire much more than what is needed to control the temperature of the body. This type of excessive sweating is called `hyperhidrosis`. Anti-ageing injections, although most commonly known as a solution for smoothing out lines and wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles, are also FDA approved for the reduction of sweating in the underarms. The treatment works by blocking the chemical at the end of the nerves so that it cannot work on the sweat glands, essentially turning them ‘off’ to reduce sweating due to heat exposure, stress, and anxiety.

Discounts for Blue Light Card members

We would like to show our appreciation to you for providing us, our families and communities with medical care, advice and support. Just in time for the NHS’s 70th birthday, we are introducing a 20% discount on all Transform non-surgical treatments for doctors, nurses, and NHS workers. To obtain your 20% discount, simply flash your Blue Light Card at your local Transform clinic. View a full list of our non-surgical treatments here.

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