Osteopaths are identified as essential healthcare workers, and as such the clinic continues to remain open. Seeing an osteopath in good time can sometimes take the pressure off the NHS, which is invaluable given the current circumstances.
It is important to keep things in perspective by remembering that as many as 80% of people that get COVID-19 are expected to have very mild symptoms or be asymptomatic. Having said that, the other 20% can have very severe symptoms, so we must not allow ourselves to become complacent.
Please take the time to read the COVID-19 Special Measures outlined below (also displayed in the clinic lobby).
Stringent Hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment, and Screening Patients Before Appointments are some of the key measures that have been put in place to provide the safest possible environment for treatment.
I have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is generally thought to have a significant effect on transmission rate, therfore acting as a further protection for my patients.
Whilst I use my professional skill and judgment to do the utmost to minimise the risk of transmission between people at the clinic, it is impossible to eliminate the risk completely. Being a small clinic with just one osteopath and no receptionist does however provide patients with allot less exposure when coming in for treatment, compared to say a larger setting with multiple practitioners and a higher volume of patients.
By booking an appointment you are consenting to having treatment with the following special measures in place;
COVID-19 Special Measures
(implemented to protect everyone’s health)
What You Need To Do:
- If in the past 10 days you have had a fever, a new persistent cough, loss of/change in the sense of smell or taste, or have been in close contact with someone who has, you must let me know right away. If you develop any of these symptoms between appointments, please also let me know immediately so that I can take appropriate measures.
- All patients, apart from children under 11 and those who have reasonable cause, must wear a face mask, or other covering. If you do not have a face covering with you, I can provide you with one at the clinic.
- Please arrive promptly for your appointment to minimise the waiting time in the lobby. If you arrive early please wait in your car or consider waiting outside the building (observing social distancing). I will always try to make the clinic car port available for you to use.
- Please dress warmly as your body temperature tends to go down as you lie on the couch and relax into the treatment. Also, you may want to bring in your own water bottle and blanket, as I cannot provide these like I used to do.
- Please do not bring additional family members to your appointments (unless needed as a chaperone), and only one parent/guardian for children’s appointments. The patient’s chair in the treatment room is placed at a safe distance from the desk to allow for social distancing.
- If you do come across one of the residents from the upstairs studio flats on your way in or out of the clinic, please liaise with them to respect social distancing.
- Please use contactless payment wherever possible, and avoid paying by cash.
What to expect:
- I will ask you a series of pre-screening questions before bringing you in for a face to face appointment, and offer advice on the telephone or a video consultation wherever needed.
- With your permission, when you arrive at the clinic, I will take your temperature with a contactless infrared thermometer and apply a sanitising spray to your hands.
- All the soft furnishings such as couch cover, cushions in the waiting area, as well as reading material and toys have been removed for ease of sanitising the clinic and to reduce the risk of any cross contamination.
- Appointments times have been extended in order to avoid cross over and allow the necessary time for sanitising the clinic between patients.
What I am doing:
- I have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is generally thought to have a significant effect on the rate of transmission, therfore acting as a further protection for my patients.
- I wear a freshly laundered clinic uniform. Aprons are no longer recomended.
- I wear a fluid resistant surgical mask.
- I sanitise my hands up to my elbows before and after treating every patient.
- I take my own temperature and log it together with my general health at the beginning of every working day. I also do regular Lateral Flow Tests (usually twice a week).
- The treatment couch and pillows (encased in a wipeable cover), door handles, door bell and patient’s chairs are wiped down after every patient with a sanitising solution.
- The hard surfaces, toilets, etc are wiped down with a sanitising spray regularly throughout the day.
- The treatment room is always aired between patients to maintain a healthy environment.
The official list of COVID-19 symptoms is available on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
You may also want to read the COVID-19 webpage on the government website, for the most up to date information and guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus