Clients of Laserase Bolton will benefit from a faster, more flexible service now that Sister Saria Tahir has qualified as an Independent Nurse Prescriber.
Saria from Bury, who is already a State Registered Nurse and is fully trained to deliver a range of laser and injectable skin treatments, will have the same prescribing abilities as a doctor thanks to her new qualification.
Previously a doctor at the clinic had to prescribe all injectable treatments, whether that was for thread veins or facial lines and wrinkles, but now that Saria herself can prescribe treatments, the process will become quicker and easier for patients.
Saria said: “This new qualification will enable me to take a patient from initial consultation through to treatment, helping to make it a smooth and seamless process. Delivery of care will be more efficient and robust.
“The course was extremely tough and it took six months of very hard work and dedication. However, I’m delighted to have passed my exams and I’m looking forward to being able to put my studying into practice.”
Independent Nurse Prescribers are specially trained nurses who are allowed to prescribe medicines within their field. The course that Saria undertook at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk gives her all the necessary skills to prescribe safely and effectively.
Our client Laserase Bolton skin health centre is welcoming proposals by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to update its public health guidance on needle and syringe programmes, to prevent the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis C.
The growth in popularity of Botox and dermal fillers has led to an increase in needle use by unregulated salons and people at home, often without proper guidelines being followed. This has led to fears that more blood-borne diseases could be spread through dirty needles and syringes.
Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “Everyone who uses needles at Laserase Bolton is medically trained and no needles are used twice. However, we are extremely concerned about the risks of blood contamination from dirty needles being used in unregulated clinics and for home skin treatments.
“We would urge all those considering Botox and other injectable treatments to make sure their treatment provider is regulated with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) like Laserase Bolton.”
Julie adds that Laserase Bolton disposes of all its needles and syringes using a specialist medical sharps disposal service.
More information about the new guidance, which is open for consultation, is available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/pressreleases/ConsultsUpdatePHGuidanceLimitingHarmCausedInjectingDrugs.jsp