“I can clearly see why people in high-pressured jobs love a drip”
SOME choose chocolate or an espresso for their energy fix, others turn to Gill Brooks when they’re about to crash and burn for a cocktail of vitamins pumped straight into their veins.
Jill Farmer discovers why many North-East executives are calling her their secret weapon.
In between meetings, briefings and business trips an appointment with Gill is top of the agenda for many high flyers – especially men.
As owner of Newcastle clinic Central Healthcare, the registered nurse was inspired to introduce vitamin infusions after trying one out for herself on Harley Street.
The treatment which is popular with celebs from Madonna to Rihanna, deliver vitamins and minerals straight into the bloodstream intravenously and take around 45 minutes to administer.
She said: “I’m interested in all types of natural ways to improve health and after I tried an infusion I was blown away by how good it made me feel and the longevity of the benefits it gave me. So, when I returned home and discovered that vitamin drips weren’t available in the North East we decided to plug that gap in the market.”
The popularity of vitamin infusions amongst the business community has come as no surprise to Gill. “I can clearly see why people in high-pressured jobs love a drip. They’re often very busy, many are frequent fliers, and they can’t afford to get ill so they come to us looking for optimum levels of health and wellbeing.
“And there’s no better natural way of achieving that than a vitamin infusion. They literally make you feel buzzing with energy and vitality if that makes sense.”
The treatment is also used by people with medical conditions such as ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia while others use it to stay looking youthful or to get over a hangover quickly.
Gill, who is married to David and has two young children, has developed somewhat of a reputation for being able to seek out products that appeal to niche markets.
Central Healthcare is the third successful business she has built-up and each of her three companies have been born as a result of her being a bit of a trailblazer and filling what she saw as a gap in the market.
Her first idea was floatation tanks, which were not available in the North of England when she set-up a company called Floataria with her husband. They built this business up to be very successful – it had 14 staff, four floatation tanks and four treatments rooms when they sold it on in 2008.
Gill then turned her attentions to colonic irrigation which, again, she was one of the first to provide in this region at Paramount Healthcare. And most recently, Gill is reaping the rewards of being the first clinic in the North-East to offer vitamin infusions and injections. The clinic also provides colonic irrigation, food intolerance testing, dietary advice and detoxing, herbal implants, pro-biotics and enemas.
Gill tells us what she has a deep hatred of and why she thinks the future is bright for healthcare.
What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be a nurse
How did you end up in the job you’re doing now?
After my nurse training I trained in different complementary therapies then got business experience working for a medical company.
Have qualifications got you where you are, has it been sheer hard work and talent or a combination?
Qualifications were necessary to go down the road I chose but hard work and determination has been the driver since.
Do you feel pressure to be a role model to others?
I don’t feel pressure exactly but I do practice what I preach which reinforces a healthy lifestyle for my clients and family.
Do you prefer networking on social media or face to face?
I prefer the old fashioned way face to face, you can communicate much better that way when you can see someone’s reactions.
What is a very underrated business skill?
Communication and the ability to get along well with different personality types and people from different backgrounds and cultures.
How will your industry evolve over the next five years?
Health and beauty has been growing consistently over many years and I am sure will continue to do so as people become more health conscious and empowered to make choices that will improve their wellbeing.
Which three people (alive/dead, celebrity or not) would you like to work with?
Mother Teresa for patience, compassion, strength, spirit and understanding.
Richard Branson for his business skills with what seems to be a relaxed approach
And Peter Kay to make me laugh.
What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
It’s not quite a phobia but it’s getting there – I have a deep hatred of buttons, I can’t stand them!
For more details visit Central Healthcare Arch 3 Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3NZ, log on to the website or call 0191-2220100.