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MY LIFE IN CHESHIRE: Plastic surgeon Gerard Lambe

We meet consultant plastic surgeon and director at Reflect Clinic , Gerard Lambe

It was after many years spent honing his skills across the globe and while undertaking a fellowship at one of the most advanced hospitals in the world, in Wellington, New Zealand, that surgeon Gerard Lambe and his marketing-trained wife, Joanna, decided to return to their native North West and use their combined expertise to establish a world-class plastic surgery clinic. It was then that the pioneering Reflect Clinic was born.

“Having trained in surgery with the NHS for more than 20 years, it was a natural progression to focus on the aesthetic side,” Gerard explains. “Cosmetic surgery is a fascinating job and one in which you never know who you will meet or what challenges you may face. I’ve always enjoyed solving the huge variety of problems patients come to me with, especially when their lives are changed when they look in the mirror and discover a new confidence. I was also voted ‘most likely to go to Hollywood’ by my medical peers at university, so it seems creating faces and bodies fit for Hollywood is my destiny!”

Since then, the Reflect Clinic has created a sterling reputation across the North West, renowned for its personal, candid approach.

“As a small husband and wife team, we are in Cheshire for the long term to build relationships with our staff and patients,” Gerard says. “When you come to us, you’ll see the same surgeon from first consultation – when patients can ask questions and show their areas of concern – right through to when I perform the actual procedure and do a thorough post-op review, so it’s a highly personal service.”

Having been born in Liverpool and done his medical training across Merseyside and the North West, Gerard admits that he “will always be a Northern boy at heart”, enthusing about the wealth of choice and enviable quality of life that Cheshire in its surrounds provide.

“Cheshire is so special in terms of the amazing range of places to visit in town and countryside,” he says. “If you like the countryside, we have Dunham Massey down the road and the amazing Trafford Centre on our doorstep, plus the recent development of MediaCity, providing us with huge opportunities in terms of TV and radio. We’ve also heard there's to be a huge art and cultural hub built at the old Granada Studios in 2019, which is really exciting. And then of course we’re incredibly well hooked up to the rest of the UK via the M56 and M60 – perfect for minibreaks or day trips – and, as if that wasn’t enough, we can take advantage of international travel opportunities from the ever expanding Manchester Airport.

“There’s also such fantastic food and drink. Personally, I love the atmosphere at Piccolinos in Hale, and I’ll always get there early to enjoy a drink beforehand at the champagne bar. If we’re in town, we like The Alchemist in Spinningfields, and we’ve recently discovered Fox in Hale Barns for a nice brunch meeting. If we’re with the kids, it’s Las Iguanas on Deansgate or Giraffe at The Trafford Centre, and if we’re shopping together we tend to go to Vivienne Westwood or Reiss, and my wife always goes to Monsoon and Laura Ashley for her weekly ‘fix’!”