The clinic is open to those patients who have a clinical need. I am currently asking those who feel their appointment is routine to consider whether they can postpone it. Please do feel free to attend if your symptoms would worsen, or you feel that, without treatment, you would need to access NHS resources. No face to face contact will be possible with anyone who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have not been in contact with anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Those in the at risk categories will need to undertake additional risk assessment. For these reasons I will not be accepting online bookings.
Upon arrival things will be a little bit different. Before entry I will take your temperature. I will be wearing an apron, mask, visor and gloves (which I have sourced from an ethical provider and will not impact on NHS supply) and I will ask you to wear a face covering during the appointment. You can follow the guidelines to make your own, or purchase one from me at a cost of £1 (that's what I have paid - the standard for medical practitioners conducting face-to-face consultations is, at time of writing, to use type IIR single use surgical masks. No profit will be made on these). This is non-negotiable due to the risk assessment in place. Those who are unable to wear a face covering may wish to pursue Telehealth appointments instead.
Please text me on arrival and wait in your vehicle until asked to enter. As you enter the new building I will open all doors so that you do not need to touch anything. I will run a HEPA air purifier with additional UVC filtration. The bench will, as usual, be thoroughly cleaned between appointments with a cleaning product that is shown to kill coronavirus along with other bacteria and viruses. Payments are to be via contactless card machine or BACS. At the end of the treatment session I will dispose of my used PPE into an offensive waste bin which will be removed by an approved company. You may leave your face mask for me to dispose of if you wish. Duration between appointments will be increased to prevent any patients crossing at the clinic entrance and to allow for additional cleaning time between patients. Please note there are no toilet facilities on site.
As I'm sure you'll appreciate many risks have had to be assessed and mitigated before I can open. The new treatment space even has an anti-microbial and fungicidal flooring and there is anti-microbial paint on the walls! Your details will be retained by me as part of the treatment process and will be passed to Test and Trace teams where necessary.
Virtual consultations will continue to be available to those who need triage, advice or exercise prescription. I'm afraid I have had to suspend new patient visits for the time being as I need to keep my limited availability for my existing patients.
Please follow NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Government advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus