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Apprentice winner Leah Totton installs ‘secret’ entrance for celebs and royals at new clinic

Dr Leah Totton cuts the ribbon at her new clinic with Lord Sugar
Dr Leah Totton cuts the ribbon at her new clinic with Lord Sugar

By Gordon Deegan

Former Apprentice winner Dr Leah Totton has installed a secret underground entrance for celebrities and royal clients at her new cosmetic skincare clinic.

The 31-year-old Londonderry native opened the new two-storey 'flagship' clinic at Baker Street in central London yesterday in her largest investment to date of around £500,000.

The winner of the 2013 BBC Apprentice show said the secret entrance for celebs is a direct response to customer feedback.

Dr Leah said: "No one leaving the clinic wants to be photographed by 'paps' and we are in the realm of social media where a photo or a video people take on their phone finds itself on Twitter or Instagram and before you know it is everywhere."

She added: "This era of sharing everything on social media has made confidentiality around having procedures more of a concern."

Dr Leah stated that the secret underground entrance "is very much there for people who are in the public eye" and will allow clients not be seen post-procedure, thereby avoiding the risk of photos emerging online of the celebs.

She explained: "It is what the clients wanted and that is what we are going to be offering." Clients will also be offered private cubicles instead of an open plan waiting room.

Dr Leah said that she will open a fourth clinic, at Canary Wharf in London, later this year or early 2020 and has pencilled in her fifth clinic to open in Dublin - but this is dependent on the fallout from Brexit.

She added: "The stumbling block to a clinic in Dublin is Brexit. We really need to know what the outcome of Brexit is. I get home quite a bit still and having a presence on the island of Ireland has always been something I have been vocal about wanting so I think it is a question of when rather than if, but we'll see how Brexit goes."

Dr Leah already operates two clinics, at Moorgate London and Essex, and is planning to launch a Dr Leah skincare brand later this year.

She said the new clinic "will take the business to the next level" and offer new, more advanced treatments, including mole removal, hair transplants and female health treatments.

Dr Leah said that co-owner in the business, Lord Alan Sugar (left, with Dr Leah), has been repaid his initial £250,000 investment and the expansion is being funded by the business.

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