Policy as at 1st May 2022
Please do not attend the clinic if you have had any symptoms of a respiratory infection in the last 10 days unless you have tested & confirmed negative on LFT/PCR at least 5 days after onset of your symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:
- sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
- high temperature, fever or chills
- unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
- muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
- new continuous cough or sudden onset of shortness of breath
- loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
- not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
- diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick
While mask-wearing & self-isolation are no longer legally required, as we are a health clinic where the passing on of infection from our patients can leave the osteopath unable to work and put our more vulnerable patients at risk, we ask that you help us to keep the clinic open & reduce the spread of infection by:-
- contacting us to postpone your appointment if you have any symptoms or test positive as above
- completing our screening forms before appointments
- wearing a face covering if you feel happy to (you will not be refused treatment if you prefer not to).
Risk assessment: Depending on your personal risk profile, if you are a new patient with health vulnerabilities who is not vaccinated, we will discuss potential risk mitigations we can put in place to protect you. Regardless of your own vaccination status, please be aware that other people in the shared parts of our premises as well as some patients attending this practice might not be vaccinated due to ineligibility, medical contraindications/exemptions or personal preference.
Risk mitigations: Our clinic room is well-ventilated with trickle vents & windows open and with extra ventilation between patients via open doors. UKHSA guidelines have been updated for all healthcare environments meaning that gloves & aprons need only be worn by healthcare practitioners on a risk-assessed basis where contact with blood or body fluids are likely, which is not relevant in osteopathic practice (other than for treating babies) so we will not be wearing gloves or aprons unless you ask us to.
Hand hygiene is important in avoiding many infections and we will continue to provide alcohol gel on entry to the clinic for your optional use as well as using it frequently ourselves (which we have always done, even before Covid).
We maintain a cleaning regime in line with updated UKHSA advice which recommended reverting to 'standard' rather than 'enhanced' cleaning procedures in primary care environments in light of evidence about lack of transmission risks from contact with surfaces (Covid-19 is a respiratory virus spread by droplets we inhale from the air we breathe, not something we can catch by touching hard or soft surfaces).
We are constantly reviewing these arrangements in line with advice from our professional body, the Institute of Osteopathy and will update this page when either Government guidance or UKHSA policy changes again.