Precautions and Prevention
The health and safety of you and I is paramount, therefore I’ve taken the decision to work from home temporarily. As infection rates hopefully continue to fall, I will commence home visits again on Wednesday July 15th.
I’ve carried out a thorough risk assessment and have implemented infection control procedures to ensure good professional practice, whilst no one can eliminate all risk, I will do my utmost to ensure my treatment area is safe for you to visit. I’ve also passed the NHS “infection, prevention & control – Level 2” training assessment module.
- As part of minimising the risk of infection what I will be doing is:
- Setting up a temporary clinic/treatment room (see photo), this room is for the sole use of treating patients, it’s airy and easy to keep clean
- I’ll be cleaning the treatment room and couch, washing touch points, (including the doorbell), in-between each patients’ appointment
- Wearing appropriate PPE
- Providing hand gel and I’ll supply a surgical face mask for you to wear too
- Leaving at least an hour between each appointment
- Seeing no more than 3 patients in a day
- Keeping good air flow and air quality (we’ll be keeping a window open & using a Berger lamp)
- I’ll also be listening to you, to see if there are any improvements/suggestions you would like to make
The Triage Process
As part of the coronavirus recommendations there are some folk I will be able to see and others I will not be able to see for the moment.
For those who would like to make an appointment, contact me by phone or e mail, the process will involve a phone call ( approx. 5 mins), to ascertain if treatment is appropriate. Each call is like a mini risk assessment in itself, you are an active member of this process, we both decide.
Here are some reasons treatment will not/may not be offered at the moment
- A high temperature- this means you feel hot to touch on your chest and back
- A new, continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A Loss of smell or taste
- If you are ‘shielded’ and have received a letter identifying you as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’
- If you have certain underlying conditions or are taking certain medications (everyone is different and the public health guidelines are being updated all of the time)
- If you have a bit of a niggle, not too painful and you’re still able to carry out essential tasks etc..