As from Wednesday 22nd July my industry has been given the green light to open up and start working again.
the beginning of all this, very little was known about the virus, but
we now have much more information from scientists around the world
about how this virus behaves and who is most likely at risk. Read here
I am in a fortunate situation that I work alone and so those who come for treatment are not going to be coming into contact with anybody else, other than me. I have made the time slots slightly longer to give me time to do some basic clinic hygiene in between people. I am setting out the way I shall be working once this happens below.
Asymptomatic carriers: On 8th June 2020, the World Health Authority
declared that is was "extremly rare" that an asypmtomatic carrier of
covid 19 was going to infect anyone. Studies have been performed as to
the risk from an asymptomatic carrier can be read here.
I have made one change to my practice, and that is that I
ask people to remain in their cars until I ask them to come inside, and
I will open the door for you. I ask that you call 01292 287827 when you
arrive at the property, so that I know you are there. (You do not need
to wait for me to answer the phone, caller recognition has it's uses)
For those who come by bus, please do as you have always done, and use
the waiting room. As the number of bus travellers is minimal, the
waiting area will be hardly used.
Children coming for treatment may be accompanied by a parent or carer. I would ask, wherever possible only the child requiring treatment is brought.
Handwashing: I have always washed my hands before I start any treatment, so I was ahead of the game there. Possibly as a result of working on an infectious diseases ward at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and having a working understanding of the importance of handwashing long before dictated to by government.
Hand sanitiser: Many hand sanitisers contain a substance called triclosan. There is concern about the effects that triclosan has on hormones. It has also been linked to the possibility of causing skin cancers. There is also concern that it might give rise to anti-biotic resistance.
For these reasons I do not use hand-sanitiser, nor do I provide it for people to use in my clinic, as I value your health. Should you wish to use hand sanitiser before, during or after coming for treatment, please feel free to use your own.
Couch Hygiene: I have always used couch roll on my treatment couch, and will continue to do so.
Should you wish to bring a clean sheet to place on the treatment couch, again I will respect your wishes. I will be wiping down the couch in between clients with soap and water. Constantly breathing in disinfectant fumes is not something I am prepared to do, for my own lung health.
Clothing: I am asking that people remain clothed during treatment, in light clothing, such as leggings, shorts and t-shirt.
When leaving my clinic room, please
allow me to open the doors for you, to limit my handle cleaning time.
Masks, in infectious pathogen situations, are designed to prevent an infected person passing the pathogen onto other people.
If I considered myself infected, then I would be staying at home and notifying those that were due to come for treatment, and re-arrange for a time when I was no longer infectious.
Wearing a mask for long
periods of time is detrimental to the wearer's health. I consider my
health paramount, when serving the community, and will not jeopardise it
by wearing something that has the potential to do so. You can read
Russell Blaylock MD's, (neurosurgeon) article on which I have based my decision. There are many others which I consider scientific.
I shall not be wearing one.
If you chose to wear a face-mask to come and see me for treatment, then I respect your choice. I will not be asking you to do so as a requirement for treatment.
If you are seriously immunocompromised or have someone who is, at home, please contact me directly to discuss how I can adapt for your particualr situation. This is not new, it is something I would have done in the past, as I understand the need for reverse barrier nursing and it's implications in immuno-compromised people.
PAYMENT: I am only accepting cash or bacs transfers as payment at the moment.
Due to the nature of my business, I endeavor to be able to offer an appointment within 48 hours of initial contact. This means that I require notification of any appointment needing to be cancelled to be done with at least 24 hours notice. Failing to give 24 hours notice will be met with a request for payment in full, to cover the appointment .Any further appointments may need to be secured with pre-payment made via bacs transfer. I regret having to bring in this policy, but the number of late cancellations, and'or no shows recently, has meant that people are made to wait for an appointment longer than is necessary.