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Stepping inside the
Canberra Aesthetic Plastic
Surgery (CAPS) Clinic
is an experience in the
unexpected. At a glance,
it would be easy to mistake
this state-of-the-art medical
facility for a day spa or five-star hotel.
CAPS Clinic chief executive Cheryl
Taylor said a recent expansion of the
business required a significant change.
"We wanted to ensure all the services
we offered were of a very high standard
and we needed the space to do that,"
Cheryl said. "We also wanted to move
away from the clinical and cold standard
offered in most health care facilities and
create an environment which is warm and
Walking around the clinic, the aesthetic
attention to detail is impressive -- the colour
palate is drawn from Australian Native
Flowers and the furnishings and features
are soft and warm.
"The whole idea of this hospital is that
nobody knows it's a hospital until they walk
into theatre," Cheryl said. "The waiting
areas and the recovery areas are all very
soft, friendly and warm and we've kept it
clinical only where we absolutely had to."
Along with assisting CAPS Clinic's
commitment to confidentiality, Cheryl said
the space afforded by the two-storey facility
allows patients to park in a secure, private
car park and enable CAPS' four distinct
services to flourish.
This outstanding commitment to the
highest professional and ethical treatment
standards results from the extensive
experience of CAPS Clinic's primary
surgeon, Dr Alastair Taylor.
Dr Taylor is a fellow of the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons and a
Member of the Australian Society of Plastic
Surgeons, with many years of experience in
reconstructive, cosmetic and microsurgery.
Dr Taylor's vision of providing a high
level of professionalism in all the services
CAPS provides can be seen clearly in the
way the clinic operates.
"We provide a holistic, all-under-one
roof service," Cheryl said. "If we can't
provide the most appropriate treatment in
one area then we have specialists in other
areas who can."
Cheryl provides the example where a
patient might receive treatment at the 360UV
Skin Cancer Clinic and can then be referred
onto the skin rejuvenation service of MY
Genesis for the treatment of sun damage.
"We don't compromise on patient care
and safety and we don't compromise on
patient service. If we don't believe we
can achieve the right result, we tell the
patient," Cheryl said. "The rule here is,
if the risk outweighs the benefit, then we
don't do the treatment and we definitely
don't do the surgery."
There's no better example of that than
the Sole Vita day surgery, which combines
CAPS' signature stylish design and top-
notch comforts with the full facilities of a
hospital. The hospital's four beds are all
private and self-contained, each with their
own television and en suite bathroom, and
are tended by a team of experienced and
professional registered nurses.
"Our philosophy here is to keep patients
overnight, ensuring their specific clinical
needs are met and both they and their
families can relax knowing they are being
well looked after," Cheryl said.
With an extraordinary ratio of two nurses
to four patients, staff have the time to
provide exceptional care to their patients,
ensuring CAPS proudly meets its mission
statement of providing surgery, service and
Experienced surgeons at CAPS Clinic are changing the face of plastic surgery in the capital.
Expensive skincare is better.
Fiction: Generally, products where
the company have extensively
tested and researched the active
ingredients are more likely to have
a positive effect. These products
are usually of a clinical nature and
therefore not available over-the-
counter or at the local supermarket.
You need a referral from your
GP to get your skin checked.
Fiction: Many people are reluctant
to have their skin checked due to
long delays between recognition of
a skin cancer, obtaining a referral,
and specialist diagnosis and
treatment. But at the 360uv Skin
Cancer Clinic no referral is needed.
Any doctor can perform
Fact: In Australia, anyone with a
medical degree can call themselves
a cosmetic surgeon. However, to
become a plastic surgeon like Dr
Alastair Taylor, and a Fellow of
the Royal Australian College of
Surgeons, requires eight years of
training and rigorous examination.
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Fact or Fiction
CAPS CLINIC A: 7 Phipps Close, Deakin P: 6282 1177 W: capsclinic.com.au
> CAPS Clinic
Dr Alastair Taylor.
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