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We’re very proud of our team and spend a great deal of time choosing the best physiotherapists to work with us

Rick Carter

Caroline McCarthy

Georgios Christopoulos

Vicki Bateman

Tonje Olsen

Katie Plant

Chris Wearing

Ben Ratcliffe

Sara Farah

Naomi Abdelmola

Ashleigh Smith

Darren Harrison

Matt Sutton

Matthew Hawkes

Jane Hardwick

Tom Butterfield

George Kiss

Charlotte Banks

Sean Vaughan

Tianne Croshaw

Maryanne Parkin-Clare

Rod Beaumont

Fiona Gregory

Hayley Esgate

Shirley Brocklehurst

Kate Beauchamp

David Brown

Rick Carter

MSc (Research) Grad.Dip.Phys MCSP MHPC AACP

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As the most experienced sport injury physiotherapist practicing in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire area, there is no one better to be at the helm of ctchealthcare than Rick.

Having spent 21 years in elite sport, Rick is the only physiotherapist to work for all three top local football team: Crewe, Port Vale and Stoke. After time spent at Chelsea and Manchester United as well, Rick currently splits his time between being a consultant physiotherapist at WBA FC and clinics at ctchealthcare.

Specialising in all sports related injuries, including golf, Rick has regular physiotherapy assessment clinics in Crewe on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Never happier than when he is assessing clients, Rick has extensive experience of:

  • Knee, hip, ankle and groin pain
  • Back and neck issues
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist problems

In addition, he has excellent contacts and knowledge of local, national and international sports injury surgeons that he can recommend to clients.

Through his extensive knowledge of workplace injuries, Rick has also grown the corporate side of ctchealthcare to secure contracts with local employers, such as Bentley Motors Ltd, Staffordshire County Council and Air Product Plc to name a few.

Married with a young family, Rick would describe himself as the eternal optimist.

Caroline McCarthy

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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A graduate from Keele University in 2012, Caroline joined the ctchealthcare team in March 2013 and splits her time between the Crewe clinic and South Cheshire Private Hospital.

Completing her degree in physiotherapy has enabled Caroline to gain valuable experience across various fields, including outpatients, surgical and ITU, orthopaedics, paediatrics, elderly care and stroke rehabilitation. This varied experience enables Caroline to not only run regular clinic appointments, but also to work within the occupational health provision at ctchealthcare.

To further add to the breadth of her knowledge, Caroline works at a local rugby club, where she really holds her own as the only girl amongst 30 guys. She manages the first team players during their training sessions and also travels with the team to matches across the region.

Caroline particularly enjoys working in a private practice due to its varied and fast paced nature, plus she is keen to seize the opportunity to keep abreast of current trends in the industry.

Georgios Christopoulos

Bsc (Hons) MCSP MHCPC

View My LinkedIn profileView My profile I am a Senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist at ctchealthcare Ltd. Since qualifying from Keele University achieving First Class in my degree, I went on to further my skills with a Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Care. I have acquired certifications in hydrotherapy, kinetic control, spinal manipulations, pitch side first aid, completed a sports massage course and multiple diplomas in acupuncture. I am a competent evidence based practice practitioner and have been assigned as the continuous professional practice (CPD) co-ordinator for the staff of ctchealthcare.

Vicki Bateman

MSc Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation MCSP MHCPC

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Graduating from Leeds Beckett University, Vicki achieved a Masters degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to this she gained a 1st class degree in BSc Sports Rehabilitation, where she was able to gain experience in several private Physiotherapy and sports injury clinics, and at a Premiership Rugby Union club.

Vicki has a huge passion for hockey, playing in the top division in the country prior to taking a break through injury; and during her undergraduate degree Vicki worked providing treatment, injury rehabilitation and pitch side cover for a Men's National Premier League hockey team. Following through with her passion for hockey Vicki worked in Australia over summer 2012 as a hockey coach and player as well as providing a sports rehabilitation service to the club. Leading an active lifestyle, Vicki is keen to promote health and well-being within the workplace and corporate sector.

During her Masters Vicki worked within the fields of respiratory and intensive care, neuro rehab, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, elderly medicine and within the community providing physiotherapy for service users with multiple complex impairments, bringing many transferable skills to her career as an MSK Physiotherapist. Vicki's experiences have reinforced her interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, providing progressive functional rehabilitation of complex sports injuries with a keen interest in sports massage, core stability, postural correction and motion control. Continuously striving to improve and develop her knowledge within the field of MSK, Vicki is looking to complete her Acupuncture qualification to add to her holistic treatment approach.

Vicki is a friendly and enthusiastic member of the team and is very excited about developing her skills and knowledge, working with a vastly experienced team within ctchealthcare.

Tonje Olsen

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As the Physiotherapy clinical leader, Tonje graduated from Saxon University, Holland with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She started her career at a private Norwegian clinic in Spain, where she spent her first 3 years treating and rehabilitating a variety of patients.

Committed to clinical quality and evidence based practice, Tonje is currently studyingfor a further Masters Degree in Manual Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Areas of particular interest and expertise include Acupuncture, Kinesio Taping, manual therapy and lymphatic drainage all of which she has studied at post graduate level.

Tonje's Specialist Area's are:

  • Musculoskeletal Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Pre and Post Orthopaedic Surgery assessment and treatment
  • Sports Injury Assessment and treatment

Tonje particularly enjoys working in ctchealthcare outpatient clinics and runs clinics at ctc clinics in Nantwich and Stoke She also leads the inpatient physiotherapy service at a local private hospital for ctchealthcare Ltd.

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Katie Plant

BSc (hons) physiotherapy, AACP – acupuncture, Nutritionist

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A relative newbie to the ctchealthcare team, Katie qualified as a physiotherapist in 2012. Katie has completed her acupuncture training and recently finished a nutrition and weight management qualification too. Katie joined ctchealthcare full time and is mainly based at the Stoke clinic four days per week.

During Katie’s time studying she volunteered at Stoke City Ladies Centre of Excellence as a physiotherapist for games and training sessions.

Having developed a passion for working with sports injuries, once qualified Katie worked as a part time physiotherapist at Stoke City FC Academy for two seasons. Katie has expanded her knowledge and skills by working within private practice since graduating, Katie specialises in knee injuries after a personal injury experience herself.

Sport and health have always played a big role in Katie’s personal and professional life, she was the first lady to progress through Stoke City Girls Centre of Excellence, and she played for Stoke City Ladies FC for a few years. Katie Prides herself in being friendly and approachable to patients which keeps a loyal client base within the clinic.

Chris Wearing

Physiotherapy BSc (Hons), HCPC, MCSP

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Chris qualified in 2013 from Salford University gaining a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. He started working in the NHS at the University Hospital of North Midlands, gaining experience in all areas of Physiotherapy, including Trauma and Orthopaedics; Musculoskeletal out-patients; Respiratory and Intensive Care. Chris is now specialising in Musculoskeletal injuries, Gait Analysis and Functional Movement Screening.

Chris has a passionate interest in many sports, playing football for Club AZ in Alderley Edge and competing in 10K and Half Marathon events. Chris is currently preparing to run in the 2016 London Marathon.

Chris also works at Manchester United's centre of excellence and has gained valuable experience at Manchester City and Burnley FC whilst studying for his degree. This has provided Chris with the knowledge and skills required to successfully treat sports people of all ages and experience.

Ben Ratcliffe

Physiotherapy (BSc Hons), ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage Physiotherapy (BSc Hons), ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage

Graduating from Keele University in 2015, Ben has experience in multiple areas of physiotherapy  including: musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, stroke rehabilitation, intensive care, and cardiac rehabilitation. 

Ben has a keen interest in sports related injuries, exercise physiology, and gait analysis; skills which he has developed as Club Captain of Athletics & Cross-Country and volunteer work with Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence and Ribble-Valley Athletics Club.

A dedicated 800m athlete himself; Ben has used his sporting experience to refine his skills as a qualified sports masseuse (ITEC level 3 diploma) and his kinesiology taping expertise.

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Sara Farah

BSc MHCPC MCSP

Sara is a graduate from Keele University. Joined ctchealthcare in May 2016 and splits her time between Nantwich and Stoke clinic.

Completing her degree has expanded her knowledge, skills and experience in different fields in physiotherapy such as musculoskeletal physio, intermediate care in elderly care, women's health, respiratory, neuro and community physio. Her experience enables her to provide physiotherapy within the private sector and liaise with occupational therapists.

Sara is keen on taking courses to further her knowledge and skills in physiotherapy.

Naomi Abdelmola

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP MCHPC

Naomi graduated from Keele University in 2016 finishing with the top mark for clinical performance in her year. She has gained experience in multiple areas of physiotherapy including paediatrics, mental health, sport injuries, cardiac rehabilitation, sport injuries, trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Upon graduating she splits her time between our clinics, the private hospital, a local GP surgery, and occasionally cover the Crewe and Nantwich Football and Rugby club games. This gives her valuable experience in multiple fields allowing for a well-rounded approach to treating her patients.

She has always been keen on sports player and focuses her time now on further developing herself as an evidence based practitioner in the fast paced world of physiotherapy. She is trained in first aid and has attended conferences on Healthy Ageing. She enjoys promoting physiotherapy as a profession and loves the reward of helping people recover and lead a more pain free life as well as building a good rapport with her patients.

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Ashleigh Smith

BSC (HONS) Sport Therapy

Sports therapist Ashleigh developed an early interest in her chosen career as a member of the cheer squad, Matrix in Crewe, for 10 years.

Renowned for its acrobatic moves, Ashleigh is on hand for its daring youngsters should they suffer an injury and remains an active member of the coaching team.

She can also be found pitch-side at Crewe and Nantwich Rugby Club, coming to the rescue when players suffer injury.

Ashleigh, one of our latest recruits, trained for her Sports Therapy degree at University College Birmingham. She also has qualifications in ITEC level 4 sports massage and level 2 STA emergency first aid at work.

Working from our Crewe and Nantwich clinics, Ashleigh has quickly built up a loyal client base treating all manner of sports related issues.

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Darren Harrison

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Matt Sutton

Physiotherapy BSc (hons)

Matthew qualified from Coventry university in 2004 and has worked in a number of scpecialisms since. These include intensive care, orthopaedics, stroke rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, outpatients and paediatrics. He has also worked within elite sport on a number of training camps and races for British Cycling. Following qualification Matthew has undertaken additional courses in dry needling, matwork 1 pilates, Mulligan manual therapy techniques and functional movement courses. Outside of work Matthew leads a very active life participating in an number of sporting interests including rugby, mountain biking and downhill racing, rock climbing and snowboarding. Taking in his interest of snowboarding he has also been a regular columnist in Whitelines snowboard magazine offering injury advise to its readers.

When not working or riding, his life revolves around his wife and daughter.

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Matthew Hawkes

BSc (Hons) MCSP MHPC AACP

After graduating from the University of Salford in 2004, Matthew went on to work in a variety of settings across Cheshire and Staffordshire, both in the public and private sector. Although fully qualified in all areas, Matthew’s specialism is in lower limb biomechanics and swimming. His greatest reward is helping patients realise their goals and leave his clinics happier and healthier.

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Jane Hardwick

Chartered physiotherapist – MHPC MCSP

Jane trained at Withington Hospital, Manchester, qualifying in 1983. She then worked for several years in Manchester Teaching Hospitals gaining experience in cardiothoracic, plastic surgery, burns and orthopaedics. Following this, she then worked in private practice in St John’s St, Manchester, treating out-patients. Jane now works part time for ctchealthcare and the NHS. She sees sports injuries, post-operative orthopaedic surgery as well as soft tissue problems. She can also offer acupuncture and pilates.

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Tom Butterfield

BSc (Hons) MCSP MCHPC

Graduating in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree, Tom started his Physiotherapy career working full time in the Private Sector working with muscular skeletal injuries. He then secured a full time position as a Senior Academy Physiotherapist for Crewe Alexandra FC and joined their medical team back in January 2015. His scope of practice ranges from leading the academy injury rehabilitations and injury clinics to assisting with the Under 18, 21 and first team squads on a daily basis. He has worked internationally as the medical lead on tour with the club to Valencia, Bilbao and Brussels. Tom joined the ctchealthcare team part time at the start of 2016 to extend the scope of his current practice and broaden his depth of knowledge. Alongside this, Tom is due to begin his Masters degree in Sports Injury Rehabilitation at Salford University in September 2016.

George Kiss

Soft Tissue Therapist

As West Bromwich Albion FC's current first team soft tissue therapist, George is skilled in a wide range of Sports Massage techniques. Working with first class athletes keeps George at the top of his game and at the forefront of new practice methods. Whilst George enjoys treating Sports Injuries and getting clients back into their chosen hobby he is just as keen on promoting the wellbeing aspect to Soft Tissue Therapy for treating general aches, pains & bad backs from our busy lifestyles.

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Charlotte Banks

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Charlotte first became interested in musculoskeletal injuries during playing and captaining across the age groups for Cheshire Netball. Graduating in Sport Rehabilitation in 2016 at Salford University, she currently enjoys working with the Crewe and Nantwich rugby club, utilising her MSK knowledge and treating players with a variety of injuries on and off the pitch. Also qualified in level 3 sports massage and medical acupuncture, she is also studying a Masters degree in Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her main interests are using comprehensive Rehabilitation programmes to aid recovery from musculoskeletal injuries for all physical abilities from day 1 through to full recovery, suited to the specific needs of the patient.

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Sean Vaughan

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Sean brings a unique blend of traditional Chinese medicine and Western complementary therapies to the ctchealthcare team.

His professional training started over 18 years ago and in that time he has learnt many different but complementary therapies to develop his own intuitive style of treating patients. His preference is to work on a holistic level to get to the root causes of health problems, in order to prescribe the necessary changes to encourage a patient’s healing process.

He specialises in treating:

  • Back and neck problems
  • Muscle and joint pain/injuries
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Sports injuries and conditioning
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Internal conditions, such as digestive or fertility disorders •Sean currently also works with professional and amateur sports clubs and individuals, including Longton rugby club, Wood Lane cricket club and Stoke City football club as well as Great Britain’s 800m and 1500m runner, Emma Jackson.
  • In addition, Sean has experience of working with special needs adults as well as cancer patients. The overall aim of Sean’s treatments is to restore functioning, reduce pain, promote balance, de-stress, boost vitality and prevent ill health.

Tianne Croshaw

Mental Resillience Coach and Hypnotherapist

Tianne has nearly 30 years’ experience in the Personal and Business Development field. She is a Mental and Emotional Resilience Coach and Trainer. She is also a Clinical Master Hypnotherapist & Stress Management Consultant as well as an NLP and EFT Practitioner.

Over the years, Tianne has worked with organisations including Virgin Trains, an international Pharmaceutical company, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Penna of London, Ted Baker, Superdry, Severnside Housing, Weaver Vale Housing, the Railway Children and Cheshire East Council as well as a number of primary and secondary schools.

Tianne is the co-creator of ‘The Resilience Programme’ which took an organisation with 8% stress and anxiety absenteeism to 0% absence for the three years the programme ran for.

She also coaches private individuals in her Cheshire based clinic helping them to understand the power of self-awareness and shares tools and models which lead to a much clearer understanding of self and others be that family, friends, colleagues or team members.

When working with individuals, teams and organisations Tianne endeavours to deliver way beyond another ‘tick-in-the-box’ training course as she is passionate about permanent behavioural change. She offers on-site one to one coaching in organisations which have never failed to be fully attended.

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Maryanne Parkin-Clare

Pilates instructor

Having always been interested in fitness Maryanne pursued her love of keeping fit with a move to Istanbul, where she decided to train as a Pilates Instructor after seeing the benefits and incredible differences to the body Pilates made.

She studied for over three years gaining the necessary qualifications and experience to teach Pilates to an advanced level.

She believes that Pilates is the ultimate form of exercise to help strengthen, lengthen and tone the body in addition to being an invaluable tool to assist during rehabilitation.

Maryanne teaches classes around Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. She is based in Nantwich and regularly attends workshops and seminars to improve her knowledge and further understanding of both Pilates and human anatomy.

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Rod Beaumont

Yoga Instructor

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Fiona Gregory

BSc(Hons) MChS

Fiona qualified as a Podiatrist in 1999 from Northampton University and has been working in both private practice and the NHS. Starting her home-based business in 2001, it has recently become established within South Cheshire and now is embarking on a clinic base. She provides a friendly, caring and highly professional service to her clients. Fiona is registered with the HCPC which is a regulator of health care professionals and a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.. Fiona has also taken further training on the management of lower limb ulcerations and the "at-risk" foot.

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Hayley Esgate

Boxercise instructor

Hayley became a personal trainer in 2011 and completed a BSc (Hons) in Sport, Fitness and Coaching in 2014. She has provided exercise and nutritional services to clients through one to one training, small groups and classes for a number of years. She supports people in developing healthy lifestyle habits and to help instil permanent, positive changes with tailored, individual programmes. She is a Hatton ABC Advanced Boxing for Fitness Instructor and provide classes in Crewe and Nantwich and plans to build more classes to incorporate specific needs and exercises, such as pre and post natal, weight loss, kettlebells, core and circuit training. I enjoy guiding people from the beginning of their journey through to achieving and surpassing their goals, be it to lose weight, train for an event or to start a new hobby.

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Shirley Brocklehurst

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Shirley is a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with training in Body Oriented Psychotherapy. Her clinical experience includes Bereavement, Depression, Addiction Recovery, Dementia, ASD, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar and Personality Disorder. She has worked with Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust as well as the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University, London. She developed and delivered the Moving Minds programme of Body Oriented Movement Psychotherapy for the negative symptoms of Schizophrenia for residential service users in recovery at Alternative Futures Group.

She is passionate about improving mental and physical wellbeing through dance technique, movement modalities and other somatic practices. A qualified (Level 3) fitness professional and accredited Keep Fit Association teacher, Shirley is also a professional member of the Foundation for Community Dance and the Dance for Parkinson's Disease organisation. She was a Dance Artist on the AESOP (Arts with a Social Purpose) falls prevention project and works with Cheshire Dance, Age UK and Parkinson's UK to deliver community projects for special populations.

Shirley has enjoyed a lifelong passion for Ballroom Dance and has over 30 years teaching experience. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing and enjoys teaching social dancers and beginners classes, as well as coaching wedding couples for their first dance.

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Kate Beauchamp

Kate Beauchamp has spent a lifetime in the leisure industry, starting as a fitness instructor, progressing to teach aerobics, managing health clubs and finally becoming a dance instructor. This is well over 20yrs of experience with her finally settling down in Staffordshire.

10yrs yrs ago she moved on from Virgin Active in Manchester and set up Groove Academy which specialises in teaching dance, aerobics and classes to strengthen the body through Pilates or Yoga. Groove Academy is based in Stafford and Stone.

Ongoing development has taken Kate to the home of dance in Blackpool with the UKA, becoming a Licentiate member. As well as teaching dance styles such as Salsa, Ballroom, Lindy Hop and Rock n Roll, Kate also teaches Zumba and Fitsteps aerobics classes.

Kate's experience has led her to becoming an International instructor, most recently teaching in countries as diverse as Cuba and Jersey. Her passion is to help people to find a regular activity that will improve their personal fitness of their mind and body. This has taken her to developing the class timetable of Groove Academy to include Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates. She has sourced highly qualified instructors that continually perfect their skills with ongoing training.

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David Brown

David has over 15 years experience as a therapist, his initial interest in body performance came from 14 years of training and teaching karate as a 3rd degree black belt.

During this time he completed courses in Anatomy and Physiology, the Bowen Technique, Body Massage and Head Massage, working from his clinic in Solihull.

David went on to study Occupational Therapy at Coventry University earning a First Classification Bachelor of Sciences Degree with Honours and presented his dissertation at Conference. He went on to become an Occupational Therapist for the NHS on hospital wards such as Orthopaedics, Medical, Stroke, Rehabilitation and in patients homes with the Community Rehabilitation Team and continues to work part-time for the Intermediate Care Team.

David took up training in the Rossiter System becoming a Level 3 Rossiter Coach and he continues to study and practice connective tissue bodywork and human function.

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LETTERS AND REPORTS

Bring along any referral letters, scans, reports that you may have.

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CLOTHING

Even though we’ve got lots of clean shorts and t-shirts you’re welcome to bring your own. Be prepared to expose bits of your body, if you’ve got a problem with your shoulder we’ll need to see it!

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PAYMENT

Payment for the treatment is required at the end of each session, although we are able to bill BUPA and PPP directly.

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HEALTH INSURANCE CLAIMS

Patients with health insurance are asked to reclaim their fees directly from their insurer. If you wish to claim your treatment costs on your health insurance, you will need to contact your insurance company directly and they will send you a claim form. Each insurance policy is different and we advise you to ensure well in advance that your treatment is covered. It’s very important to check whether you need to be referred by a doctor or a consultant before receiving treatment. (N.B. BUPA/ PPP Health Insurance is billed to the company.)

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CANCELLATION

We do have a late cancellation policy if you cancel within 24hours of your appointmentplease call your clinic to as soon as you know if you’re going to be late, or have to cancel.