Medical Tourism Forum 2014 – Polish Embassy

On the 20th of February 2014, British Polish Chamber of Commerce Kraków/ BPCC Kraków organized at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London a Tourist Market Forum 2014.

The event aimed at drawing particular attention to medical tourism, an area in which one can observe huge potential and chance of development for Polish businessmen who offer services relating to it.

The forum enjoyed large attendance – the market reacted to the event in such a way that its concequence can only be another edition, which is planned for Autumn 2014. The next step taken by BPCC is inviting the British for Study Tours around Poland, in order to present them some of the most active entities remaining in partnership with the British Polish Chamber of Commerce. The participants of the Forum will surely take further steps to develop business contacts formed during the meeting.

MEP Paweł Kowal letterThe rank and significance of the forum was stressed by the letter from the MEP Paweł Kowal who is currently working on creating a unified tourist market in the EU.

The MEP stressed in his letter to BPCC Kraków, the Embassy of Poland in London and the participants of the Forum that:

“Poland has a tremendous opportunity and potential to become a global player in a tourism industry, especially in medical and sightseeing tourism which are the main focus on this conference”. We wish Polish businessmen to make use of this remarkable potential. What is more, Paweł Kowal stressed that he resolves to encourage all activities and initiatives taken up within the European Union’s tourism section policy.

Director of BPCC in Kraków Agnieszka Libura, Director of BPCC London Michael Clay and the first counsellor of the Departament of Industrial Policy and Promotion (WPHI) at the Embassy of Poland in London Leszek Banaszak, welcomed the participants in the beautiful interiors of the Embassy. The glamorous interiors pointed at the rank of the event, which was organized at the plea of the BPCC members and was settled as the meeting place in response.

During the lectures help by invited experts, the figures pointing at enormous potential of tourism area and medical tourism were confirmed. The speakers clearly stressed that Poland needs to use the opportunity created by the directive of the European Parliament and the Council 2011/24/UE from 9th of March 2011 becoming effective, concerning the application of patients’ rights in cross-border health care. The dinner created opportunity to take up talks on business cooperation between Polish and British participants. Both parties ware interested in maintaining a lasting relation, allowing for synergisting development of activities.

One of the elements of the programme was handing the “POLAND thanks you!” awards, which aim at honouring the activity of the British entities on behalf of Poland and its development in the tourism area. The awards were granted to: MD Angela Chouaib (Secret Surgery), who held remarkably interesting lectures on medical tourism, based on their own rich experience in that area.

We know that the Hungarians have made excellent use of the free flow of patients from other countries of the European Union. If they did this, we should follow their way and this fine example. Polish facilities offer services on remarkably high level, what was reflected in the speeches of the British lecturers.

In addition, our country can in fact offer anything a potential tourist could possibly want. The flow of the British tourists can lay foundation for business – its range is virtually unlimited. British Polish Chamber of Commerce is ready to help Polish businessmen to become beneficiaries of the activating endevours and those strenghtening the relations with the partners from the British Isles.

We believe that such chance should on no account remain unused, what was confirmed by every sentence of the experts speaking during the Forum. Awards/Sculptures were made by The Wieliczka Salt Mine.

   
   
   
   
   
 Read More on: http://www.bpcc.org.pl/en/article/medical-tourism-forum-2014%5B2009530%5D.html Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery

 

Launching KWS State-of-the-Art Hospital (Wroclaw)

Its really exciting news at Secret Surgery and we really couldn’t keep our latest news to ourselves; so here is a sneak preview.

Please take a look at our new purpose built 60 bedroom private KWS hospital in Wroclaw. We will be officially launching this medical facility in December with a view to sending patients here in the New Year.

Our MD & Founder Angela Chouaib personally was an Inpatient in this facility in August 2013 where she had a thigh lift; as she stands by only recommending services she has personally experienced herself first hand.

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angela chouaib secret surgeryMD & Founder Angela Chouaib said:

“Due to the continued success of Secret Surgery Ltd and positive feedback from our patients under the care of Dr Wacławowicz, KWS hospital will be used in addition to EMC Instytut Medyczny (which is reaching full capacity) and will be run by the wonderfully talented Dr. Wojciech Wacławowicz, Head of the Plastic Surgery. “

Secret Surgery featured in Essentials magazine!

essentials magazine october editionYep, more magazine news, but this time it’s not Real People – but keep your eyes out next week for more details on that, too! Today, we’re letting you know that Secret Surgery, and our beautiful founder, Angela Chouaib, have been featured in glamorous women’s mag, Essentials!

You’ll find us in the October edition of the magazine, so get ready to get buying! The feature is all about the women who opt for cosmetic surgery, and how popular procedures are becoming with ordinary women. No longer is cosmetic surgery something reserved only for the richest and most powerful of Hollywood; now, for just a few thousand pounds, you can look like the person you’ve always felt like on the inside.

Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery’s founder and MD, has been featured in the article as one of the glamorous girls who has undergone surgery. Angela had bariatric surgery years ago, and has recently opted for a thigh lift. She’s not only Secret Surgery’s founder, but she’s one of our patients, too!

For more gossip and glam, make sure you buy the October edition of Essentials… it’s… essential!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Real People: The Risks Explained!

the risks explained real people magazineThere have been rumours about the risks and dangers of surgery abroad for a long time, and the recent surgery abroad feature in Real People magazine has done its best to put some of these rumours to rest. Want to know the difference between FACT and FICTION? Read on below to find out what our favourite untrue surgery abroad rumours are:

  • Patients are rich jet-setters. FALSE. Most of our patients are normal working people on normal working wages.
  • Surgery abroad often goes wrong. FALSE. In a Leeds University study, only two participants weren’t happy with the results.
  • Patients choose clinics based in countries where they can speak the language. FALSE. Actually, most patients aren’t that well-travelled and usually speak only English.

If you want to know more about not just Secret Surgery, but surgery abroad in general, then be sure to pick up the latest copy of Real People magazine, which should be in your local shops! We’ve spilled all the gossip on what overseas surgery is REALLY like!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Real people: sun, sea and silicone

sun sea and siliconeWe’re in the news again! Fittingly, Secret Surgery has been featured in a recent edition of Real People magazine, and we got bags of attention and lots of page space, so we’re going to take our time and show you the features over a few different blogs.

One of the Secret Surgery features in the magazine was ‘Sun, Sea and Silicone’, and as the title might suggest it was all about going abroad to bag yourself a nice holiday and a hot new bod while you’re there. The feature dealt with all the different aspects of surgery abroad, including the risks (or lack of), the savings, the background to how it all started, and of course, some expert advice from our wonderful founder and MD, Angela Chouaib!

It also contains top tips  for those of you who are out there looking for a surgery abroad provider now, because, as we always stress – you can never be too careful to choose the right one.

If you’re popping out today, pick up a copy of Real People magazine – it’s full of juicy stories and gossip about your favourite surgery abroad clinic – and it’s got some good pics too!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Not seen our forum? Get in there!

secret surgery website1For those readers who want even more Secret Surgery low-down, we’ve got just the thing for you. If you haven’t yet seen our website’s new forum, then it’s time to head over there and get posting. You can find it on the main site here.

The Secret Surgery forum is the perfect place to ask for advice, information and support from surgery experts, past patients, and friends you’ve yet to meet! We hope that everyone using the forum gets something out of it, whether it’s a titbit of advice you’d never heard before or a new friend.

You can post on just about any topic relating to Secret Surgery and what we do, from diet advice and weight loss to patient stories and travel advice. And don’t worry – we do moderate it, so you don’t need to worry about trolls lurking in every thread!

So if you haven’t already, come and join us in our Secret Surgery forum for more gossip and girl giggles!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Last tickets to Secret Surgery’s Christmas Adventure 2013!

71Last year we held a VIP trip to Wroclaw for our very special friends, patients and readers; well, it was so successful that we thought we’d do the same again this year! We promised a lot of you last year that it wouldn’t be the last time we saw you, and we hope you’ll join us for the same fun and frolics again this year.

The trip is open to everyone, whether you’ve been a previous patient or you’d just like to meet us and see what being a part of the Secret Surgery family is all about. It’ll be taking place from Friday 6th December to Monday 10th, and regional flights are available from Liverpool, the East Midlands, Bristol and Stansted  – so there’s no excuse not to come!

There’ll be a meal out every evening of the trip, and we’ve organised a guided tour around the city on Saturday. On Sunday, you’ll get a tour of the hospital, a presentation, and… our favourite bit… a goody bag! So you’ll have something to remember your trip with.

If you’re still not convinced, just take a look at this video of last year’s trip… and tell us is doesn’t look amazing!

To find out more about our VIP Christmas Trip 2013, please call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

BBC5 Live – covering Secret Surgery abroad!

2168639You might remember that just a couple of weeks ago we were featured in an article by the Guardian about surgery abroad, focusing on the reasons why more and more patients are looking overseas for their surgery. Well, there’s even more good news – BBC Radio 5 featured a segment this week about surgery abroad as well!

The feature discusses the general trend of surgery abroad, and also focuses on a hospital in Poland which offers low-cost surgery to patients from the UK, among other countries. In an interview with the hospital manager, it’s clear that the people running this Polish hospital know how to run a safe, secure facility. During one part of the interview, the interviewer even notes how the Polish hospital features laminate as opposed to carpet, which is more often seen in the UK. Laminate is easier to clean than carpet, and thus actually a much more hygienic choice!

The feature also includes a short interview with a panel of experts at the end. To listen to the Radio 5 feature you can click on this link. It’s nice to see that surgery abroad is getting some positive press over here in the UK – for far too long the media have been too focused on believing old myths about overseas surgeries being unclean and sub-par; hopefully features like this will help to show the people of the UK that this is no longer the case.

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Secret Surgery featured in the Guardian and on the BBC!

The-Guardian-LogoSome of you have likely already noticed Secret Surgery crop up around the British media this week – last Friday we got national coverage in both the Guardian and on BBC Breakfast. You can find the Guardian article here, which features a chat with Guardian-article-budget-flights-cheaper-operations1Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery’s founder and managing director.

Angela had a chat with the Guardian and told them how it really works when you go for surgery abroad, including the fact that with Secret Surgery, the surgeons and hospitals that you get for your money are just as good – if not better – as the ones you’ll get in the UK.

We’re also pleased to see that the reporters at the paper found from surgery patients themselves that the majority of surgery abroad experiences are positive ones. They do, of course, point out that some patients experience complications, but any surgeon who doesn’t warn you of the risk of complications isn’t doing his job. All surgeries come with risks, whether you undergo them in Poland or London.

It’s good to see the British media taking a balanced and fair view of the overseas cosmetic surgery industry – we hope to see more of this in the future!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Exclusive Angela Chouaib Interview: Part Three

20121216-0339smallYep, here it is – the last part in our exclusive Angela Chouaib interview. The gorgeous Angela was interviewed by the equally gorgeous Jenny Southan of Business Traveller, where she shared all of the juicy details about the ins and outs of Secret Surgery, as well as the cosmetic surgery holiday industry. Read on to find out which questions Jenny saved until last.

 What advice would you give someone looking to tag on some time to a business trip for medical treatment overseas if they have never done it before?

Please do your research, ask all the appropriate questions relating to the procedure you are considering and make an informed choice. Secret Surgery does attract quite a lot of city Executives that never want a peer to find out they’ve had a nip or tuck; so by doing this away from Harley Street and recovering in a luxury hotel with business facilities it allows them to still stay connected with their business during the recuperation period.

What happens if something goes wrong during, or as a consequence of, your medical treatment overseas? What rights and protection do you have? Do you need special insurance?

Things might go wrong in surgery as we all know no surgery is risk free! but it happens rarely, and there should always be ways to fix or reverse any unexpected complications! The more you research your procedure and surgeon will allow you to make an informed choice. These are the kind of questions you should be thinking about asking in your consultation:

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    Group meal at Pod Freda

    Are there back-up medical facilities available if I become ill during the procedure?

  • Does the clinic have insurance to cover malpractice or errors?
  • Which company is your insurance with, and what is the level of cover?
  • Are further treatments due to complications covered in the original cost of my treatment?
  • What is the surgeons complication rates?
  • How is the Hospitals Infection control managed and monitored?
  • Its really important to get the lines of communication open… Ask if anyone has had a similar procedure and experience a complication and what did the surgeon do to rectify it? Ask about healing stages, aftercare and associated timescales…

You can also take out a specialist Medical Travel Insurance Policy; see: http://www.medicaltravelshield.com/

Do you have to involve your GP when arranging medical treatment overseas?

GP Involvement is minimal – it is somewhat up to the patient to discuss this with them which we always recommend. We occasionally ask patients who present with medical conditions such as depression, blood pressure issues or diabetes to speak to their GP about their plans and get their GP’s advice/approval that they feel they are under control and suitable candidates.

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.