Our Policies and procedures during Covid 19

The health and safety of our patients and staff remains our top priority. Sadly we were advised to close the clinic on March 23rd 2020 when the government issued guidelines on social distancing, stopped all non essential travel and encouraged everyone to stay home. Since then we have been following guidance issued by our professional body, The British Chiropractic Association, who have advised strongly against non emergency hands on chiropractic treatment.

We have been offering online Teleheath consultations which have been very helpful in offering support and suggestions for self help to many people so far. This has now become part of our intake procedure for new and reactivating (patients who haven’t seen us for more than a year) patients.

We are currently operating with reduced staff and seeing urgent patients in clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are optimistic that we will be able to open 5 days a week as of 1st June 2020 but this does depend on advice from our professional body and we will have to work under restricted protocols.

Telehealth is the new norm!

These protocols are important as they are there to keep you and us safe.

Things will be a bit different to how they were before, below are a few of the procedures that you may expect.

  • You must not attend for an appointment if you have any symptoms of Covid 19 or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has symptoms of Covid 19. We will be sending you screening email on the day of your appointment that you must complete before attending.
  • If you have been told that you are in the “shielding” group or that you are at greater risk of serious complications should you contract Covid 19 then you must not attend for routine hands on treatment. We will be delighted to chat with you on the phone or online for free. In some, urgent cases we can see you out of hours so that there is less risk of you coming into contact with anyone else.
  • We will require all new and reactivating patients to have a telehealth appointment before attending clinic for treatment – this is so that we take a history and discuss your individual needs which will help to reduce the time that you spend in clinic. Don’t worry this can be done using a smart phone, laptop or PC.
  • We will not be handling cash so please be prepared to either pay online or use a card to pay. We will send an invoice prior to your appointment. (not applicable to patients referred under the AQP scheme)
  • We will be limiting access to clinic to one patient at a time so please do not arrive early as you will have to either wait outside or in your car. Please knock on the door when you arrive and you will be let in.
  • No friends and family will be able to accompany you to your appointment.
  • Please use hand gel when you enter.
  • If you have a clean face mask please bring it. If not we can provide a washable face mask for you to wear and we will be wearing a mask also. We do have masks for sale at £1 each.
  • Please bring a clean spare set of comfortable clothes with you for your appointment – you will be asked to change before your appointment and you can then change again after your appointment pop the clothes into a bag for the wash when you get home.

We hope that these measures will be short lived and we thank you for your patience while we all adapt to these unusual times.

We advise our patients to follow the Public Health England (PHE) guidance regarding Covid-19.

Please also refer to the PHE guidance if you have any questions about when or whether you should be limiting social interactions or self isolating.(https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus- covid-19-information-for-the-public)

Furthermore, if you have reason to believe that you have been in close contact with someone who has Covid 19/Coronavirus, you should call your GP or, if you feel it’s more urgent, NHS 111 and follow the guidance provided.

Good practice when trying to avoid the spread of disease includes the following:

Do not arrive early for appointments

Remember to give plenty of space between you and others in the same room

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

Put used tissues in the bin immediately

Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

Try to avoid close contact with people – stand or sit 2 metres apart.

Try not to greet people or animals by touching them

Try to pay for items using your apple pay or android pay.

To read the full advice, guidance and information please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

What we are doing to ensure that you are safe when you visit us

All of our staff are fully updated and we follow these procedures as a matter of course:

  • We have hand sanitisers in reception and in every treatment room, we encourage you to use them especially when you enter and before you leave.
  • We will be wearing face mask and we will offer you one to wear one too and leave it in a laundry bag before you leave.
  • We change into clinic clothes (scrubs or similar) before a shift starts and change into normal clothes before we leave. All laundry is placed into a laundry bag which then goes directly into the washing machine to be washed at 60C with detergent.
  • We have paper towels in the bathroom – please use to dry your hands and discard in the bin.
  • We have several tissue boxes available throughout the clinic, please use a tissue if you do need to sneeze (some people just have cold!) and bin it immediately.
  • We have air purifiers in Reception and the treatment rooms.
  • Hand washing: our therapists wash their hands with soap before and after all procedures. They also use hand sanitisers.
  • Broken skin is covered with a waterproof dressing.
  • Bench Cleaning – after each treatment per patient, the treatment table is cleaned with a spray that is effective against viruses as well as bacteria.
  • Cleaning reception: our staff don’t want Covid 19 any more than you do! We are regularly cleaning all surfaces that may contacted by patients including seat handles and card payment machines. We advise that you use hand sanitiser as you enter and as you leave.
  • We very rarely need to be in contact with bodily fluid. However our therapists wear gloves when there is direct contact with blood, body fluid, non-intact skin or mucous membrane, after which the gloves are discarded and hands washed with soap & water.
  • Each treatment room has the above equipment in stock and ready to hand.
  • All online bookings now requires payment in full in an effort to reduce the risk of contamination when paying for treatment.

Please be assured that we are keeping up to date with all developments and advice from both the Government and Public Health England and will continue to take the necessary precautions.

How to tell the difference between Covid 19 and other common conditions

What to do if you are in the “at risk” category.

A portion the population have been identified as more vulnerable to the serious symptoms of Covid 19. This is a useful resource for information if you are worried that you may be in this category Centre for Disease Control.

Covid 19 Pregnancy and Paediatrics

This is a great resource for pregnant ladies who may be worried about Covid 19 The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.

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