Breast cancer: Post-surgery cosmetic service in Bay for first time

Hawke’s Bay women who have suffered from breast cancer and undergone breast reconstruction will no longer need to travel outside of the region to have cosmetic Aerola tattooing.   Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) has recently contracted local specialist Felicity Simpson of Napier’s Koosh Clinic to provide the post-surgical cosmetic service.

The DHB’s Executive Director Corporate Services, Tim Evans, said contracting Koosh was a win-win. 

“Being able to support a local provider means treatment is convenient and timelier for women, and eliminates the need for travel and accommodation costs,” he said.

Koosh Clinic’s Felicity Simpson, pictured below, who has many years of experience in cosmetic tattooing working with women fighting and recovering from cancer, says she is grateful for the support of Breast Specialist Emily Davenport and HBDHB for proactively working with the clinic through the process to becoming fully approved.


“The recreation of an Aerola is a landmark in a woman’s recovery following breast cancer and reconstruction,” explains Felicity.   “For years Hawke’s Bay women have had to travel to the Hutt Valley for tattooing of a realistic, true-to-life nipple and areola, so I’m thrilled to now be able to provide this service here locally through the DHB – it will mean so much to local women not having to travel away for this last stage of Aerola work.”

HBDHB Media Release: 11 June 2018

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