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!

The lowdown on Botox and Lip Fillers at MBNS

February 12th, 2014

We here at MBNS Clinic in Thame have been helping our clients achieve their skin health goals for over 17 years and during the many consultations that have taken place before treatment, two of the same questions come up time after time to our team of nurse prescribers and specialist nurses.  The top two are always about Botox and Lip Fillers.

img-faceliftQ.   I would like to have a Botox treatment, how long does it last and how often can I be treated?

Here at MBNS we like to give what we call a “European look” with our wrinkle relaxing treatment.  To us, that means that although the areas have been treated with the medicine, you will not be left with a frozen look or ‘deer stuck in headlights’ look as is seen many times over in the USA.    A ‘full’ Botox treatment (that is three areas treated:  the crows feet, between the eyes and the forehead) will last 12 weeks or longer, and your nurse will advise you of the date when you may safely have another treatment.

For safety sake, and because Botox is a prescribed medicine (POM), you cannot be treated any sooner than 12 weeks apart.  You should be fully aware also that this and any injectable treatments should be performed only by a medical professional, and in MBNS’s case, an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, of which we have five in our busy Thame Clinic.

img-threadVeinsQ.  I want fuller lips, but I don’t want to end up with a trout pout!

We err on the side of caution here at MBNS Clinic.  Our patients who want to have a lip enhancement are advised to have a lip hydrator such as Juvederm Volbella.  This fantastic treatment adds minimal volume to lips that have lost collagen due to ageing, so the shape of the lips is not changed, they just look softer and more youthful.  Gone are the days of the “trout pout” of yesteryear.  Again, this treatment is performed by one of our team of highly experienced Specialist Nurses.

This month of February, MBNS has a special offer on Juvederm Volbella.  Call us on 01844 213007 to find out more and book your consultation.  If you would prefer to send us an email, you can do so HERE and we will get back to as soon as we can.

We look forward to helping you look your natural best and achieve your skin health goals at MBNS.


Juvederm Volbella treatment at MBNS

October 18th, 2013

Have you ever thought of having various aesthetic procedures, but you were not sure where to go, or what happens during a treatment?  Well look no further!

“Juvederm Volbella is a long lasting dermal filler which enhances the lip and mouth area naturally and smoothly”

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Juvederm Volbella treatments available at MBNS Clinic

Below is a short video of one of our valued patients who allowed us to video her while she had a lip enhancing treatment using  a product called Juvederm Volbella.   Volbella is a long lasting dermal filler which enhances the lip and mouth area naturally and smoothly,  giving you more hydrated and fuller lips.

You will see one of our MBNS nurses, Marea who is a vastly experienced injector (she was actually voted aesthetic nurse of the year this year by the British Journal of Nursing) going through the procedure and you will find out from the patient herself what it is like to have this treatment.

We here at MBNS have 5 nurse specialists who perform these treatments every day.  We also offer treatments for the reduction of wrinkles, skin rejuvenation, skin resurfacing and permanent hair removal to name a few.

If you would like to find out more about our treatments, please call us on 01844 213007 or fill out the contact form HERE and we will get back to you swiftly.

So click on the button below and take a look.  If you would like to see more of our videos on You Tube, please visit here.




Marea Brennan Thorns – shortlisted for Aesthetic Nurse of the Year

February 15th, 2013

MareaWe are all rather excited here at MBNS and Qutis as our Marea Brennan Thorns  has been shortlisted for the award for Aesthetic Nurse of the Year with the British Journal of Nursing.  This award ceremony  will take place on March the 22nd.  Marea is a pioneer in this aesthetic industry, starting out in the early 1990’s, and so recognition from her peers is an extra special endorsement that she has been doing something right all these years!  So good luck to you Marea!  You are already a winner in our eyes anyway!