Coronavirus (COVID-19) update Jan 2023
I am seeing patients for face to face appointments.
Treating in person is a joint decision based on my professional clinical judgement and you, the patient, as well as updated guidance regarding osteopathic practice it as it changes
I have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Using established and updated measures and precautions, I consider there is a low-risk of transmission within the clinic of the virus SARS-CoV-2, that causes COVID-19. However, it is essential to understand that attending a face to face, with hands-on treatment is not a completely risk-free situation.
Government guidance allows us to continue to see people in person; I offer telehealth / video appointment service (via Skype / FaceTime / WhatsApp) for those who are high risk / clinically vulnerable if needed.
Although the advice to shield has ended, clinically extremely vulnerable people should continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. If you have any concerns, please do call to discuss.
Hygiene Policy and Infection Control
Our health and safety is my priority; this is how I am responding:
I have updated infection control measures alongside my normal clinic hygiene procedures.
I have 15-minute gaps every other appointment to clean and aerate my treatment room and reception area.
My sink is available as required for you to wash hands / face, there is fresh paper towel for you to dry hands / face. Hand sanitiser is available to use.
Additional Precautions and Infection Control Measures
I will wear PPE for your protection on a risk-assessed basis (a face mask and disposable gloves when appropriate)
My treatment couch has a wipe clean sheet which is sprayed and wiped down with medical-grade sanitiser between appointments.
To offer an extra level of protection, the gap between patients allows time for sanitising / disinfecting of equipment and fixtures, aeration, changing PPE as well as supporting distancing
Children’s soft toys have been removed; plastic toys and wooden puzzles are cleaned after use.
Contactless / card payment is preferred, cash is accepted, other payment methods can be discussed.
Video / Telehealth appointments
Video appointments (via Skype / FaceTime / Zoom / WhatsApp and other platforms if necessary) or telephone consultations are available for those who need exercises checked and modified / want home care advice or are at high risk and want some osteopathic support, help dealing with stress or advice regarding getting moving again at this time but are unable to attend the clinic.