Get A Drip was founded by Richard Chambers with a clear vision to make IV Drip Hydration therapy affordable and accessible to everyone. We sent Healthy Living London’s Lucinda to test out the Energy Drip at the company’s latest clinic which has just opened at Westfield.
As I approached the clinic at the Westfield shopping centre in west London, I was a little tentative. It is positioned in the middle of the mall, between Boots and Hobbs, and not in a clinic as I was expecting. I felt it looked very exposed and I did experience a little doubt about whether I wanted to proceed with this trial. That doubt was left at the door, although there is no door to this intriguingly fluid ‘clinic’ space. I was met by a friendly and welcoming team who invited me inside to choose a booth to sit down. As soon as I was sat inside the cleverly designed space, cocooned in the comfortable high backed seats, I didn’t feel exposed at all, but quite private, safe and completely protected from the hustle and bustle of shoppers who were wandering around me.
Like many people, the thought of needles makes me shudder and I most definitely have to look away, rather than watch when I have to see the nurse for a routine blood test, but I have to say the whole experience at Get A Drip was very comfortable and I really felt like I was in safe hands.
All the staff are very experienced with medical backgrounds, many having served as nurses and doctors within the NHS, and some still working there alongside their new roles with Get A Drip. For me, I was reassured by the questionnaire that I had to sign on arriving, by the nurse taking my blood pressure before and after the treatment and sitting down to talk about how I felt, my general health and wellbeing, including my mood. This helps the team to identify exactly which is the right vitamin drip or booster shot for you on that day.
I arrived feeling a pretty low 4/10. My energy was very low, I’d been feeling irrationally emotional for a few weeks and was very overtired. There is a huge menu of different vitamin cocktails to choose from. I was prescribed the Energy Drip, or Myers Cocktail, which is one of the most popular treatments. It contains basic hydration, B complex, Amino Acids, B12 methylcobalamin and Magnesium.
Benefits of Magnesium: Contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue, electrolyte balance, normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal muscle function, normal protein synthesis, normal psychological function, the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and plays a role in the process of cell division.
Benefits of Vitamin B complex: Contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, functioning of the nervous system, mucous membranes, maintenance of normal red blood cells, normal skin, normal vision, normal metabolism of iron, protection of cells from oxidative stress, reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
The IV Vitamin Drip is administered intravenously directly into the bloodstream and is a very fast way to get critical nutrients and hydration into your body. The procedure is fast acting because it bypasses the gastrointestinal system, meaning that 100% of the vitamins and nutrients are absorbed directly into your body. There is a small pin prick as the catheter is inserted into the vein in your arm, but it isn’t painful at all. The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes, and during that time, my arm did turn quite cold. The reason for this is that the Energy Drip is slightly lower than your body temperature, so as it enters your blood stream it lowers the temperature slightly. As soon as the treatment is finished and you can wave your arm around again, it quickly returns to normal.
On leaving, I experienced a mineral taste in my mouth, which is also quite common and nothing to worry about. I quickly felt the effects feeling more alert with a definite spring in my step, walking away from the clinic much more quickly than when I arrived. I immediately felt an improvement in my general mood and wellbeing from 4/10 to a good 6/10. I didn’t sleep that well the night following the treatment, but I don’t sleep well anyway, so I can’t tell if that’s related. The following day I still experienced a mineral taste in my mouth, but I also had a marked increase in mental clarity which felt amazing. That feeling of a foggy head and struggling to focus on anything was gone, and it was a joy to have my get up and go back and to feel motivated and focused again. Two days after the treatment, I felt really good and my joy de vivre was back along with my energy. I’d say a good 8/10.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The IV drip took about 30minutes in total, so ideal timing to squeeze into a lunch break, or fit into a days shopping at Westfield. In fact it is an incredibly relaxing space to just sit and rest for half an hour. The bonus is you’re treating your body to a boost of vital vitamins and minerals meaning you’ll bound out of that chair feeling so much better and more energized than when you arrived.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The effects and how long they last are very much dependent upon the individual, meaning it’s up to you and how you feel to determine how often you feel you need a top up. The advice varies from as often as once a month, to every three months or just once a year.
I was really impressed with the team at Get A Drip. They are very professional, and all trained and experienced nurses and doctors, meaning you really feel in the safe hands of a medical expert. I immediately felt the positive effects of the energy drip and on writing this, two weeks after the treatment, I am still feeling great. I would definitely return for a booster, either another Energy drip or even a vitamin B12 Energy or B Complex booster shot in the future, particularly if I feel I am coming down with a cold or virus. I would highly recommend the IV drip as an alternative to often expensive and ineffective oral supplements. It is fast acting because it bypasses the gastrointestinal system, meaning that 100% of the vitamins and nutrients are absorbed directly into you body.
What makes Get A Drip unique is that whilst this is very much a clinic in terms of the treatments being administered by medically trained professionals, it is not and does not feel at all clinical. The ribbon design of the seating booths means that you can go alone and feel like you are in your own very private space, or you can go with a friend in your lunch break or take some time out from shopping to enjoy a treatment together which makes it a sociable space too. And for those who don’t fancy sitting in a mall, or are even unable to get to one of the clinics, Get A Drip also offer a fantastic home visit service too.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone
WHERE: Westfield, Chiswick Park, Box Park, Home visits are also available
HOW MUCH: Energy Drip – £125