Is a ‘Face-To-Face’ appointment appropriate for me?

As the risk of contracting COVID-19 begins to ease, the groups of people that are defined as being in the ‘high risk’ category by Public Health England is also changing.

The over 70’s and people with chronic health problems such as not severe Asthma and other lung conditions, Heart Disease, Diabetes, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, etc… (for a more comprehensive list please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/) If you fall into any of the above groups, you are now only considered as being at ‘moderate risk’. You should still try to stay at home as much as possible, but you can now come in for treatment if you need to.

It is now only the people who are deemed ‘extremely vulnerable’, (and if you are in this group you should have received a letter from the NHS to let you know you are in this category), that should really not be coming into the clinic for a face to face appointment. These will be people who have had organ transplants, are undergoing chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, etc… (again for a more comprehensive list please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/) In these cases, if you need osteopathic help, a remote video or telephone appointment will still be necessary.