The practice will remain open during the lockdown commencing on Tuesday 5th January 2021 with strict use of PPE and infection control measures.
This decision has been made following guidance and information from Public Health England, the NHS, our regulator (General Osteopathic Council) and our professional association (Institute of Osteopathy) and is being constantly monitored.
The following measures have been introduced to minimise the risk of virus transmission:
- I will be wearing PPE and will therefore look a bit different, wearing gloves, apron, face mask and if needed a visor. Guidance is constantly changing so there may be some variation on a case to case risk assessment basis.
- Between appointments, I wash my hands thoroughly with soapy water (this is more effective than hand gel) and change my gloves and apron. I also change my face mask once a day.
- I monitor my own and my family’s health for any symptoms of Covid-19.
- All surfaces in the practice which might be touched by patients are thoroughly cleaned using alcohol wipes and disinfectant spray solution between appointments. This includes chairs, desk, door handles, treatment couch and pillow covers.
- All patients are screened by telephone before attending the clinic to minimise the risk of infection.
- Patients are respectfully asked to use alcohol gel, provided, on their hands when they arrive and to wear their own face mask/covering.
- Appointments are interspaced with a 15-minute gap in order to minimise cross-contamination and to allow time for disinfection and ventilation.
- Recent guidance states age does not necessarily rule out provision of hands on treatment. Patients over 70 with no serious underlying health conditions may attend for treatment. Please contact me to discuss further on 024 7647 0019.
- Any “at risk” patients are welcome to phone in for advice. If you are unsure who is considered high risk, please find more information on the N.H.S. website.
- Online booking is now available for you to choose a convenient appointment.