Intravenous vitamins discussion featuring Marea Brennan Thorns

March 6th, 2015

IIMG_2448ntravenous vitamins have featured in the national press many times over the last few years, with several clinics and medispas opening their doors to patients looking to feel more healthy, refreshed and, in some cases, less hungover. However, many health professionals have reservations about the efficacy of this treatment and its evidence base. In this debate article, several experts share their thoughts.

The article shown left  from the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing has bite sized opinions from key players in the aesthetic industry.  Our own Marea Brennan Thorns is used as the authority voice of reason in this aesthetic nursing debate!  Marea, who is one of our experienced nurse practitioners at MBNS and Qutis Clinics as always, looks to the evidence and concludes that there is no credible evidence that these injections are of any necessary benefit.   Before Marea started her aesthetic business she was an Intensive Care nurse specialist and she has “a healthy regard for inappropriate or even accidental intravenous fluid therapy which can lead to fluid overload and possible patient crisis.”

Marea states:”From a prescribing and competency point of view, there are many questions that we should ask ourselves (about intravenous vitamins therapy)”.

Marea suggests that these vitamins should be obtained through a balanced diet and the best advise she can give is keep calm, have a cup of tea and eat a healthy diet!

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.



Professional development at MBNS and Qutis

February 20th, 2015

AngMBNS and Qutis clinics are always at the forefront of professional development.  Whether it be the introduction of tried and tested treatments or skin care products we do our homework, and always are striving to be the best in all areas of aesthetics.

Our nurses have many years of experience on the wards and ICU before they segued into aesthetics which makes for a safe and experienced environment for all our patients from consultation to treatment, followed by specialist after care.  Our nurses also train other doctors and nurses in this ever growing field, many of which are working in places such as Harley Street today.  You can see therefore that it is not necessary to look for a clinic in London as our Oxfordshire based clinics offer the same experience and professionalism right on the doorstep.

So it with a happy but also selfishly sad heart, that one of our fold and valued team member is leaving to pursue further professional development.  Angela Hunt  has been our amazing Clinic Coordinator for over 5 years now.  She has been the backbone of the clinics, taking care of everything behind the scenes and running it like a tight ship.   She has also kept us all on our toes making our job so much easier and making it look effortless!

Angela is going into study General Nursing, a career she will excel at for sure.  Her organisational skills and calming manner will provide the combination which will result in  fabulous nurse without a doubt. She will still keep her hand in here though and will continue to be taking care of the clinic on a Saturday, so it is not a complete goodbye!

BeckyFilling those big shoes however will be Becky Herreros. Becky worked for MBNS six years ago as patient advisor but left to pursue a fine art degree.  She is back now and ready to take on the challenge of coordinating the clinics.  We know she will do a great job too!

The MBNS and Qutis teams are a nurse led group of strong, dedicated professionals who have their patient’s wellbeing at the forefront of all they do.  Our aim is to make you look your natural best and help you acheive your skin health goals.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have available at MBNS and Qutis clinics such as dermal fillersIPL for permanent hair reduction and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on +44 1844 213007 or Qutis on +44 1993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.


A visit to FACE in London last weekend with Adrian Baker

June 27th, 2014


I was really excited to attend this year’s FACE  as it is great to be among your peers and others who are experts in our aesthetic field.

One of the  highlights for me was a VIP invitation from manufacturers MERZ, who make our wrinkle relaxing toxin Xeomin,  along with dermal fillers Boletero and Radiesse, to attend a private interactive session with world class aesthetic practitioners, including Dr Timothy Flynn and Dr Michael Kane, on new techniques for HA (Hyaluronic) fillers for contouring the ageing face.

FACE 2014 is the UK’s largest annual conference with guest practitioners from around the globe.

Charleen de Haven and Adrian

Charleen De Haven, Medical Director of iS Clinical and Adrian Baker NIP RN at FACE

Also, I was lucky enough to have a private meeting with Dr Charlene Dehaven, Medical Director of iS Clinical, in the USA, the skincare line we advocate here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics.  I discussed her research into Extreme Protect SPF 30 and how its protection has shown to be more protective from the damaging effects of sunlight, than standing in a dark room!!

Aqualyx – Fat dissolving injections available at MBNS and Qutis Clinics

Finally after a very busy weekend at FACE,  I attended the Press conference for a few insights into “the next big thing” in medical aesthetics.  Low and behold, Dr Timothy Flynn from the USA, discussed how injectable fat dissolving and contouring was being predicted as something new to hit the USA soon. At MBNS and Qutis we foresaw this early and are already providing Aqualyx fat dissolving treatments, much to the delight of our patients.

If you would like to find out more about the varied treatments and services offered at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, kindly call 01844 213007 for MBNS and 01993 704050 for Qutis Clinics and arrange a consultation with one of our nurse specialists, or you can contact us by email by clicking HERE for MBNS and HERE for Qutis.

We look forward to helping you achieve your skin health goals!

MBNS job opportunity! Saturday Receptionist required

June 6th, 2014

Job Opportunity:  We are looking for a receptionist/patient advisor to join our Saturday team.

The job of receptionist/patient advisor  is extremely varied and you need to be a great communicator, have exceptional computer skills and be a quick learner.

A visit to MBNS Clinic in Thame, Oxon

MBNS Clinic, 57 North St, Thame, Oxon OX9 3BH

You would be the first point of contact when the patient enters the clinic so you need to be professional and personable.

All MBNS employees must adhere to a strict confidentiality rule; this includes without prejudice to the generality of our business activities, information relating to finances, customers, clients, contracts, procedures and trade secrets.

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The Reception area at MBNS Clinic in Thame

In performing functions, services and activities within our practice you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of hygiene, services, courtesy and personal dress.

We offer a competitive salary and incentives.

 If you would like to find out more about this exciting and rewarding position, please send your current CV to

We look forward to meeting you.

MBNS specialise in skin health treatments including wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers, IPL Permanent hair removal, skin tag removal and skin resurfacing (eMatrix) to name a few.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist nurses, kindly call the clinic on 01844 213007 or fill out the from HERE and we will get back to you quickly.

We look forward to helping you achieve your skin health goals.

Nursing is in my blood …by Marea Brennan Thorns

May 9th, 2014


Marea during her nursing days with the other “Charlies Angels”!

We at MBNS and Qutis Clinics are celebrating our nurses as it is National Nurses’ Day on 12th May.  Today we talk to Marea about why and how she got into nursing.

“I was not one of those little girls who wanted to be a nurse. After finishing Art College, I started work as a junior commercial artist in a large Sheffield Advertising Agency. But I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.”

“My mum was a nurse and suggested I might give nursing a try.  Which I did. During preliminary training at Nurse training school in 1973 I was fascinated by anatomy and physiology and how disease affected the body. And then, when I went onto the wards as a student nurse, I grew to enjoy helping and caring for sick people.”

“My first hospital was over 100 years old and was the RCN_NursesDayLogo_01-01_optformer ‘workhouse’ for the poor and destitute of Rotherham.  It had long nightingale wards. After 9 months as a young 18 year old, I did my first night duty stint. I was still a little frightened of the dark, and yet I was left in charge of an adult female medical ward with a nursing auxiliary ‘runner’ between my ward and the male medical ward across the corridor! Talk about being thrown in at the deep end!”

“By the time I did my obstetric secondment, I was a confident 20 year old and approaching my third year. The head midwife was called Sr Perkins and on my first day on maternity ward, she singled me out and told our group that she had delivered me at home about 20 years ago! I checked with my mum, and indeed a ‘Nurse Perkins!’ had been my mum’s midwife.”

“Much later my Auntie told me how her mum, my Grandma Brennan had always been called upon to help young mothers deliver their babies in the pit village, where I grew up. She also helped lay out her neighbours who had passed away. My Grandmother’s sister meanwhile never married and had been one of the first trained midwives and nurses. When she visited my Grandma whilst on leave, apparently she would see my Grandma’s neighbours who would come to her with their ailments when they couldn’t afford a doctor’s visit”.

So I think nursing is in my blood!

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Marea or any of our specialist nurses, at MBNS or QUTIS clinics, please call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050.  If you would prefer to contact us by email, please CLICK HERE FOR MBNS and HERE FOR QUTIS.

We enjoy helping you to look your natural best!

Adrian Baker WINS BJN Aesthetic Nurse of the Year!

March 25th, 2014


Adrian Baker RN NIP wins BJN’s Aesthetic Nurse of the Year March 2014

We’ve only gone and done it again!  Adrian Baker RN NIP has won the British Journal of Nursing’s Aesthetic Nurse of the Year. This is a great achievement for Adrian who really has fast forwarded his career in a soaring fashion to achieve this great accolade.

Adrian, who qualified six years ago, became an independent nurse in 2011 and commenced on his stratospheric career rise!  He went straight into training to be an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and also has gone on to study for his Independent Nurse Prescribing Qualification, joining an elite 12% of UK nurses.

He was co-author of the new RCN aesthetic nursing competencies (2013), helping raise standards, education and development for nurses in aesthetic medicine. It is hoped that this document will also be used in creating an accredited national educational programme for new nurses entering aesthetic medicine. This is all the more pertinent in light of the recent findings of the cosmetic report from Sir Bruce Keogh. The ‘Keogh’ report advised that educational programmes were key to ensuring patient safety and standards.

MBNS and Qutis Clinics are doubly proud of this achievement as last year the award was won by our own Marea Brennan Thorns, RN NIP MSc so we are two for two!

The award ceremony in its second year took place at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the South Bank, London on Friday evening where Dr Phil Hammond, famous GP and comedian /commentator on health issues, presented the award.

MBNS and Qutis Clinics are doubly proud of this achievement as last year the award was won by our own Marea Brennan Thorns, RN NIP MSc so we are two for two!

106 Jack FM reported the story in their business news today !


Our team of experienced nurse specialists both at MBNS and Qutis Clinics are here to help you achieve your skin health goals 6 days a week and have over 80 hours of appointment times available.

If you would like to book a consultation with one of our nurses, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis Clinics on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you quickly.  If you would prefer to email us, please do so HERE for MBNS and HERE for Qutis.  We look forward to welcoming you to our award winning clinics!



Juvederm enhances every area of your face

October 7th, 2013

_MG_2818Our nurse Marea Brennan Thorns delivered a powerful presentation at last weekend’s British Association of Cosmetic Nurse Conference in Manchester on the subject of the range of Juvederm dermal fillers.

Although her lecture was entitled a Masterclass, she quickly established an informal rapport with her audience. Showing slides on her knowledge of anatomy she also shared her useful tips and techniques on treating the area around the mouth and natural lip definition.  Marea showed the assembled national assembly of nurses a video of her Juvederm Volbella injection techniques.  She went on to say that men and women chose MBNS/Qutis Clinics because we give a natural look .  The clinics based in Oxfordshire offer all types or anti -ageing treatments to keep your skin looking its natural best.

“Marea  and all of our nurse team are held in very high esteem by educational organisations and are the UK nurse experts chosen to teach other practitioners”.

Colleague Anne Devenport says “we think our patients are very lucky, Marea  and all of our nurse team are held in very high esteem by educational organisations and are the UK nurse experts chosen to teach other practitioners. What a reassuring thing for our new clients to know!”

Why not take a look at the November Issue of Red Magazine showing the Juvederm advertising campaign.

If you would like to find out more about Juvederm dermal fillers or any other of the treatments and products offered at MBNS, kindly give us a ring on 01844 213007 or fill out the form HERE and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

Juvéderm Thame, Juvéderm Oxford, Juvéderm Oxfordshire, Juvéderm Witney, Juvéderm Cheltenham

A visit to Westport, the home of BOTOX®

May 17th, 2013 have just spent two days in Westport in Ireland. The purpose of my visit was to observe the excellent manufacturing practice of Allergan whilst learning even more about BOTOX®, the medicine which is made there and the medicine that I prescribe as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Aesthetic Medicine at MBNS and Qutis.  I was invited as one of the first to attend on such a plant tour visit.

Marea at Allergan in Westport Ireland

Marea at Allergan in Westport Ireland

Our two days consisted of observing the manufacture and quality assurance of BOTOX® as well as science and company ethics presentations.

The Westport facility is the global supplier of BOTOX®.   Seventy percent of the plant’s employees are highly skilled and are graduates in chemistry or microbiology amongst many other sciences.  Westport is a beautiful small coastal town sitting on the Atlantic Coast of the West of Ireland.  It was recently voted the ‘best place’ in the whole of Ireland within which to live.

Allergan employ 800 of the town’s 5,000 population and they seem very popular employers amongst the towns’ people.

As a clinician, I felt very reassured that Allergan’s quality assurance and commitment to it’s employees is excellent. And I am also convinced that;  yes Westport is a great place to live and Allergan are an ethical company who as well as investing in their product:  BOTOX®, they are real investors in people!

Job Opportunity for a Nurse Prescriber at MBNS

May 9th, 2013


MBNS Clinic, Thame, Oxon 01844 213007

An opportunity has arisen for a Nurse Prescriber with an Aesthetic Competency to work in our Saturday clinic at MBNS in Thame, Oxfordshire. Two years of botox treatments and dermal fillers injections experience would be preferable.

Our clinic in Thame has been up and running since April 2001 and is well-established nurse led clinic.

There is a marketing budget in place which means that client recruitment is via our optimised website as well as radio and  print advertising.

“The salary package and commission for the prospective Nurse Prescriber is attractive”

The successful candidate will be required to treat and manage cosmetic patients as well as perform light, heat and energy treatments. The candidate will report to Marea Brennan Thorns RN NIP & Stephanie Green RN, founding directors at MBNS.
The position is for Saturdays only. The salary package and commission is attractive and this is a fabulous chance for an entrepreneurial nurse to work with a very experienced, high profile and long standing team in UK aesthetics. Ongoing training and development will be given.
If you have the relevant experience, please email or call Marea on 07710 023223.

Our patients are at the heart of all we do, says Marea Brennan Thorns

April 5th, 2013

BJN Awards 22/3/13

Marea Brennan Thorns accepting her award from the BJN

“Our patients are at the heart of all we do” A strong positive statement without a doubt!  This has led me to the decision that I think Fridays should be positive comments day!

Recently, our own Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Marea Brennan Thorns director of MBNS and Qutis Clinics won a very prestigious award indeed – the British Journal of Nursing‘s Aesthetic Nurse of the Year – we are of course extremely proud of her, and her peers are too, but not surprised.  Marea has built her career on keeping  her patients’ needs focused at the heart of her business.   This positivity shines out like a beacon amidst the latest negative press the Nursing profession has come under as of late.

Recently an article in the  Nursing Standard by Zeba Ari outlined this negativity very succinctly:

He writes:  It is one thing holding individual nurses accountable for poor practice, but another for the media to make generalisations about the profession that the public buys into.

Nursing has changed substantially over the past three decades.

The picture painted by the national press is so lopsided. It thrives on headlines involving anguished relatives venting about how family members were treated by NHS caregivers, principally nurses.

Nursing has changed substantially over the past three decades. We now have a profession that requires considerable academic study, has significant scientific and technical aspects, and grows more demanding by the day as patients’ needs become more complex.

So for every negative comment regarding nursing, there should be a positive experience that is eager to push itself to the forefront.   As Marea mentioned in her acceptance speech:

“Our patients are at the heart of all we do”


“thank you for this award which I accept on behalf of all independent nurses committed to good nursing practice.  The field of Aesthetic Medicine is full of extraordinary nurse entrepreneurs, many of whom have religiously stuck with the vision that nurses can be leaders, nurses can be business owners and nurses can combine all of these things and still have their patients at the heart of all that they do.”

And Marea’s fellow nurse peers agree:

“My heart jumped with joy for your amazing achievement and recognition for a life time of such hard work and dedication – so pleased for you.”      Helena Collier BSc RGN DNC PGDp (Medical Aesthetics) – Independent Prescriber and Medical Aesthetic Practitioner.

“Congratulations. it is my pleasure to be working alongside such a professional and outstanding Clinician. I’m delighted your peers have acknowledged your work in the industry.”           Lorraine Mcloughlin.  Aesthetics Account Manager. MERZ Aesthetics